It’s not often you get the chance to see Olympic athletes with your own two eyes, so when we found out that the Welcome Home Parade was coming to Manchester, we simply had to go!
The weather was as expected for an Autumnal afternoon in Manchester, but that didn’t stop us, and so off we went with our camera equipment and high spirits ready to cheer on the the Olympic heroes of Great Britain.
When we arrived at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate – roughly where the parade began – we were thrilled to see so many people there already. From families to couples, friendship groups and even dogs – everyone you can think of braved the wet weather and turned up to support Team GB.
Confirmed athletes included now-retired Olympic champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill, five-time gold-medal winning Paralympic swimmer, Ellie Simmonds and veteran showjumper Nick Skelton. There were some absentees including track champion, Mo Farah, but every single sport was represented throughout the parade as the athletes were driven through the city on a series of floats, while waving to the crowd.
The parade ended in Albert Square with a performance from X-Factor’s Rebecca Ferguson, and 400 athletes took to the stage to talk about their successes and highlights from the Rio Olympics.
Joe Dolman, Video Editor at huddled said: ‘There was such a positive vibe throughout the whole event and everyone was so happy to be there. From the athletes to the dancers and even the fire display, the parade was thoroughly entertaining and the crowd were incredibly supportive.’
Suzanne Goddard, Content Editor at huddled said: ‘The Olympic Parade isn’t something that comes around very often so when the opportunity for huddled to attend came up, I jumped at the chance. The atmosphere was incredible and even though it rained it didn’t ruin our spirits. It was a wonderful event and I felt really proud to be British.’
Thank you to everyone featured in our photograph including Beech Hall School in Macclesfield
Check out our video below to see what we got up to!