Four more athletes signed up for Leeds ‘Rio heroes’ homecoming parade

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FOUR more athletes are the latest ‘Rio heroes’ who will attend a homecoming parade in Leeds next Wednesday, it has been announced.

Huddersfield cyclist Ed Clancy, Leeds paracyclist and sprinter Kadeena Cox, Leeds-based paracyclist David Stone and rower Tom Ransley, who attended York University, will be at the event to honour success in the Olympics and Paralympics.

Supporters will be able to gather in Leeds city centre from 5.15pm and cheer their heroes as they ride along the parade route on open-top buses and cars between 5.45pm and 6.45pm.

Accompanying the buses will be entertainment including a DJ and dancers from the West Indian Carnival, the Band of the King’s Division, West Yorkshire Police Band and the Handmade Samba Band.

Businesses in Leeds are also being encouraged to get involved in the fun on the day by hosting a range of themed Olympic and Paralympic events.

Other athletes previously confirmed as attending include Leeds triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee and Leeds diver Nile Wilson.

Beginning on The Headrow outside Leeds Art Gallery, the route of the parade will turn onto Park Row before heading down to City Square where it will then take a left turn on to Boar Lane. The buses will then take a left onto Briggate, before turning on to The Headrow and returning outside Leeds Art Gallery.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, said: “The performances of Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic Rio Heroes have been both amazing and inspiring, and we cannot wait to give them on September 28 a homecoming parade in Leeds that they so richly deserve. The support which our local athletes receive from the Yorkshire public is always sensational, and the 28th is a marvellous opportunity for people right across the region.”

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