Norwich City promotion parade talks under way

Discussions are under way over the possibility of another promotion party on the streets of Norwich, after the Canaries clinched their second successive promotion.

Supporters were joined by former Canary stars in calling for Paul Lambert's side to be honoured with a celebration, following a remarkable season which ended with a dramatic return to the Premier League.

Norwich's 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on Monday sealed the club's return to the top flight in a season when many would have settled for a mid-table spot, given the Canaries had only climbed out of League One the previous season.

But, with fans salivating over the prospect of their team playing the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in little more than three months times, they want the chance to hail their heroes.

Kathy Blake, secretary of the Norwich City Independent Supporters Association, said: 'It goes without saying that there ought to be a parade.

'There have been in the past and this time around it's even more remarkable, given we only got out of League One last year and have done it on a shoestring. 'I'm always a blind optimist, but I don't think many of us could have seen this coming.'

When the Canaries last secured promotion, last season and in 2003/4, thousands of fans lined the streets of Norwich, turning it into a sea of yellow and green, to salute their heroes.

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The triumphant title-winning teams went through the city on open-topped buses with receptions at City Hall for the team which won the Championship and at the Castle for last year' League One winners.

Former Norwich City striker Iwan Roberts, who was part of the side which won the Championship in 2004 and paraded through the city, backed calls for a civic reception.

He said: 'I think they totally deserve a proper celebration and I would be disappointed if they didn't get one. 'This success is not just for the football club but the whole area because this is going to bring business to the pubs, restaurants and hotels with more away fans, so I think a civic reception is much deserved.

'The supporters want it and the Norwich public want it. They want to thank Paul Lambert and his players for a fantastic season in the right way.'

Former Canary winger Darren Huckerby said: 'It's a hell of an achievement but how far do you go with the celebrations?

'If you win the league then fair enough. But I suppose the Premier League is the be all and end all in English football, so this season far outweighs winning the League One title last season. It's for the powers that be to decide but I'm sure it would be great for the city.'

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: 'We are in talks with the football club and other relevant parties about an event.'