Route and times of Norwich City promotion parade revealed

Full details have been revealed of Norwich City's promotion parade, including the route the Canaries stars will take in their the open-topped bus.

The Canaries clinched promotion to the Premier League on Monday after a 1-0 win away at Portsmouth, returning to the top flight of English football for the first time in six years.

Fans clamoured for a parade to salute Paul Lambert's triumphant team and on Wednesday it was announced there would be a civic reception on Tuesday (May 10).

Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Norwich for the celebration, just a year after hailing the Canaries' promotion as champions of League One.

Just as when Norwich City won promotion to the Premier League in 2004, the manager and players will attend a civic reception at City Hall and will appear on the balcony to share their success with the Canaries faithful.


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Following the reception, hosted by Norwich City Council and the football club, and sponsored by Aviva, they will then parade through the city in an open-topped bus.

Around 350 people, including Norwich City board members, coaching staff and players, civic dignitaries and other invited guests will attend the civic reception.

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Norwich City officials and players will appear on the balcony from which speeches and interviews will be given between approximately 6pm and 6.45pm.

Paul Lambert and his promotion-winning squad will then board an open-topped bus at around 7pm and parade through the city to give as many people as possible a chance to see them.

Setting out in Theatre Street, the specially-branded double-decker bus will travel along Rampant Horse Street and Red Lion Street, before completing its tour at the far end of Castle Meadow at its junction with Bank Plain.

Laura McGillivray, chief executive of Norwich City Council, said: 'We had amazing scenes of jubilation in the streets last year after the cub won promotion from League One and so we expect thousands more people to celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

'This is all about us congratulating the football club and giving everyone a chance to come out and celebrating something that is amazing news for the whole of Norwich.'

Superintendent Paul Sanford, from Norfolk police, said: 'Thousands of people are expected to line the streets from Theatre Street to Castle Meadow to cheer on the Canaries.

'We will have a mix of regular police officers and members of the Special Constabulary on duty to assist with the policing of the event and to ensure the safety of the public at all times.'

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Further details on the promotion parade:

• Castle Gardens, Castle Green, the bridge and Castle Mound, will not be open to the public or accessible as viewing areas.

• People are reminded that the city centre (and therefore parade route) is a no drinking zone.

• A ticketed viewing area is available for wheelchair users. Contact stephen.graham@ncfc-canaries.co.uk or call 01603 760760 ext 2255 for more information.

• Motorcycle parks in St Peters Street, above the Norwich Market public toilets, Bethel Street, Theatre Street and Farmers Avenue will be closed from 10pm on Monday (May 9) to 9pm on Tuesday (May 10).

• Bike racks in front of City Hall will be closed from 10pm on Monday (May 9) to 9pm on Tuesday (May 10).

• There will be no access to the newly-refurbished Memorial Gardens from the evening before the event until around 10pm on Tuesday (May 10).

• Road closures will be in place for the event. St Peters Street and Bethel Street are both planned to be closed to traffic from 2pm.

• Norwich City Council's customer centre at City Hall will be closed from 3.30pm. You can still contact the council until 6pm on 0344 980 3333.

• There will be diversions from bus stops on Westlegate, Red Lion Street, Theatre Street and Castle Meadow. Information will be displayed at each bus stop.

• Up until 4pm on Tuesday (May 10) buses will operate as normal. From 4pm services will operate at normal times, just from a different place. The diversions will apply until 6am on Wednesday (May 11).•

• Park & Ride services will operate normally at Costessey and Sprowston sites with the last buses from the bus station at 6.30pm.

Extra buses will serve the other four sites (Airport, Harford, Postwick and Thickthorn) every 15 to 20 minutes with the last buses from the bus station at 8.30pm.

Airport and Sprowston services will terminate at Upper King Street after 4pm. Passengers returning to these sites will need to catch these services at Upper King Street NOT the bus station. All other Park & Ride services will operate from the bus station as normal.

Extra Park & Ride services will be available every 15 to 20 minutes to all Park & Ride sites.

• Gaol Hill is planned to be closed from 4.30pm, but this may be earlier dependant on safety issues.

• Chantry car park will be closed for exit from 6.45pm for approximately half an hour, when left hand exit only will be allowed.

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