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Members of Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams enter Trafalgar Square as they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Monday, September 10, 2012
A sparkling summer of sport came to an end today as a victory parade of hundreds of British Olympic and Paralympic athletes was held in the capital.
Among the 800 sportsmen and women on the 21 open-top floats which made their way through London towards Buckingham Palace were Norfolk and north Suffolk’s Olympians and Paralympians.
Those who could be seen taking in the crowds and enjoying the spectacle were Lowestoft’s boxing silver medallist Antony Ogogo, Walpole St Andrew’s Paralympic track cycling bronze medallist Jody Cundy and Taverham’s Mel Clarke who won silver at the Paralympic Games.
The Greatest Team parade came the day after the end of the London 2012 Paralympics and saw the Red Arrows fly over The Mall.
Athletes could be seen taking photos, showing off their medals and thanking the crowds, an army of Games Makers were given their moment of glory as they lined the final section of the route and a giant puppet of the Team GB lion weaved its way through the streets.
During the event, Ogogo, who at one point managed to commandeer a broadcaster’s microphone live on air during the procession, said on social networking site Twitter: “This is totally overwhelming”.
Cundy, who had put the frustration of his controversial false start in his favoured one-kilometre time-trial event behind him to take bronze in the individual C4 pursuit, said: “Words can’t describe this. Magical.”
Don’t miss tomorrow’s paper to read messages of praise for our athletes from the great and the good of Norfolk.