Ed Clancy, Kadeena Cox and Tom Ransley are the latest ‘Rio Heroes’ to attend a very special homecoming parade in Leeds on Wednesday 28 September, which will honour their outstanding performances in the Olympics and Paralympics.
In what promises to be a truly memorable occasion, the people of Yorkshire will be able to pick their spot in Leeds City Centre from approximately 5.15pm and cheer their ‘Rio Heroes’ as they ride along the parade route on open-top buses and cars between 5.45pm-6.45pm. Accompanying the buses will be a host of 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 that is sure to give the parade a real Rio flavour.
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 and activities of their choice. Whether it is decorating your shop window with bright colours and a flavour of Rio, having a bake off with proceeds going to a Yorkshire charity or dressing up as a sporting hero – it’s entirely up to you – and there is even the chance to win a very special team day out at Camp Hill Estate!
Organised in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, the main event sponsor of the parade is Clipper Logistics with partner support from Slingsby Gin, Radio Aire, Yorkshire Water, Yorkshire Tea and Vale of Mowbray.
The latest athletes to confirm their attendance to the star-studded list, include:
- Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who earned gold and silver medals respectively.
- World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE who has now won two golds in Rio.
- Diver and gold medallist, Jack Laugher.
- Paralympic Cycling Pilot double gold medallist, Adam Duggleby.
- Paralympic swimmer, Jonathan Booth.
- Bronze medal gymnast, Nile Wilson.
- Rowing silver medallist, Zoe Lee.
- Vicky Holland who won bronze in the triathlon.
- Rowers Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom Ransley and Paul Bennett who all claimed gold.
- Cycling gold medallist Ed Clancy
- Double Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox
- Paralympic cyclist David Stone MBE