Team GB’s athletes are finally to enjoy their official Rio 2016 Olympics homecoming. Following the Manchester march on Monday, Londoners and tourists will be gathering in Trafalgar Square and the surrounding streets on Tuesday 18 October 2016 to watch our freshly decorated heroes parade through the city…
The Queen’s Bands of the Grenadier Guards and Coldstream Guards will start the celebrations off on a patriotic note at Trafalgar Square from 1pm. Then the Olympic and Paralympic teams descend upon London. Expect to rub shoulders with the likes of Jade Jones, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Georgie Hermitage, Tom Daley, Adam Peaty, Jody Cundy and Zoe Newson.
Get some autographs, cheer on the victors, listen to some live music and simply relive the great Rio 2016 moments with big-screen footage of the athletes’ achievements. The exciting stage line-up will be led by BBC Presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba, acclaimed retired Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and Paralympic swimming champion Christopher Holmes.
‘Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes have inspired millions of people all over the country and I’m incredibly proud of their amazing, record-breaking achievements,’ said The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan ‘Over the next few days, the nation will come together to show our gratitude and to celebrate everything our Olympic and Paralympic athletes have achieved. They deserve nothing less than a real heroes’ return in the heart of the capital and I urge all Londoners to get down to Trafalgar Square on Tuesday to cheer them on.’
Team GB won 67 medals at Rio 2016, making history as the first ever nation to achieve more medals at an away Games having previously hosted.
Team GB won 67 medals at Rio 2016, making history as the first ever nation to achieve more medals at an away Games having previously hosted. They also won more medals across more sports than at London 2012. In Rio they won medals across 19 sports, compared to 17 in London, and finished second in the medals table.
ParalympicsGB won 147 medals and also finished second in the medal table.Their medal count was the highest since National Lottery funding was introduced for elite athletes in 1997. They smashed their medal target of 121 medals and won medals across 15 sports.
They all celebrated in Rio but now it’s finally London’s chance to cheer on the men and women who achieved some truly magnificent feats while representing the UK. Spectators are encouraged to arrive before midday as Trafalgar Square may reach capacity before the festivities even begin at 1pm.