British medallists to be feted with grand victory parade

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:20pm


The party isn't over yet, but London is already preparing to have an open-topped bus victory parade to salute its Team Great Britain heroes. The date planned is September 10, after the Paralympics are also done and dusted. Organisers believe this will be the mother of all parades London has seen. It will travel down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, and is expected to dwarf previous parades like the Ashes (cricket) win in 2005 and before that the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory.

It is already been estimated that millions of flag-waving and cheering supporters will line the streets to hail the achievements of athletes like Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis. Undoubtedly, royalty will also be included with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, all of whom have been among the nation's leading cheerleaders, expected to join the party.

All 900 athletes in Team GB's Olympic and Paralympic squads will take part, unless some go missing like the seven members of the Cameroon delegation who have gone missing from the Olympic village. Cameroon officials have admitted one footballer, one swimmer and five boxers have disappeared without explanation. It is suspected they believe the grass is greener in London, rather than that the streets are paved with gold.

At least they waited until their Olympic commitments were over before disappearing. I remember, years ago, when a Sri Lankan athletic team couldn't take part in the Asian Games in the relay event as a couple of members had disappeared during the Hiroshima Games, I believe. Hard times (a civil war) can push people over the edge.