if you were among the millions who got caught up in the Olympic and Paralympic joy in the summer, then you will no doubt be part of the homecoming parade in Leeds today when the city gives thanks to the region’s heroes and heroines.
We knew about the Brownlee brothers, Kadeena Cox, Jack Laugher and co before this summer but these games brought a whole new array of sports stars to public attention - and a range of unfamiliar sports, too.
If their success doesn’t inspire a whole new generation of successful medal-challengers, then nothing will.
It might seem a long, long time ago now but the bus parade in Leeds today is our chance to say thanks to the stars of the summer and acknowledge that we appreciate their efforts. A good turnout is the least we can manage in recompense for the slog of early morning training in the build up to the games.
There will be more than the sports stars on show. Dancers from the West Indian Carnival, the Band of the King’s Division, West Yorkshire Police Band and the Handmade Samba Band will be sure to give the parade a real Rio flavour.
All we need now is good weather to make sure the event goes with a swing.
But even if it rains on our parade, nothing will dim the smile of the Brownlees and co. Three cheers for our stars.
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