Updated: Saturday, 25th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Biggest party outside of London to be held in Manchester celebrating athletes' success at Olympics and Paralympics

Biggest party outside of London to be held in Manchester celebrating athletes' success at Olympics and Paralympics

By Pippa Field

Olympic and Paralympic heroes will be cheered on by thousands of fans at a celebration event in Manchester next month, as plans were announced this week.

The event, being held on Friday October 26, will take place in Albert Square and will honour the achievements of the London 2012 Great Britain athletes who are either based or train in the city.

Due to the large number of athletes from the area, Manchester City Council have had to work closely with the sporting governing bodies to secure a date that fits in with athlete’s training schedules and commitments.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Thousands of people have become inspired to get involved in their local sports clubs by the amazing achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic heroes.

“And while the events were held in London, Manchester is the true British capital of sport, with athletes from a wide range of disciplines based here.”

More than 130 Olympians and Paralympians, such as medallists Sir Chris Hoy, Jade Jones and Sarah Storey, represented the area at the games and they are all invited to join in with what is set to be the largest celebration of Team GB athletes outside of London.

At the Olympic Games, Manchester-based athletes won a total of 16 medals, representing the highest medal tally for any UK city and a total that would have placed the city eighth on the overall medal table – above the likes of Australia and Jamaica.

Team GB’s first Paralympic gold medal of the games also came from the city, as cyclist Sarah Storey won on the first day of competition, going on to secure a further three more golds.

The many Manchester volunteers, including those nominated to carry the Olympic torch, will also be invited with further details on the event due to be released nearer the time.

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