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Statement from the Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, regarding a homecoming event in city for Leeds Olympic and Paralympic athletes


A homecoming event to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes is to be held in Leeds, the city council has announced.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“We will be hosting a large homecoming event in Leeds to recognise the fantastic performances of both our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio. The people of Leeds are extremely proud of all our athletes flying the flag so magnificently for both the city and Yorkshire.

“Leeds has so much to celebrate, with such a cross-section of medallists in gymnastics, triathlon, cycling, diving, rowing and still Nicola Adams in the boxing to come. We will absolutely make sure the Leeds event gives the athletes the recognition and appreciation they so fully deserve for their wonderful achievements.”

Yorkshire Olympians brought home 14 medals out of an overall medal total of 67 for Team GB. Paralympic athletes from the county also hit the heights, contributing 12 to a total medal haul of 147.

Thousands of people were expected to line the route, which goes through the city centre starting at the Headrow outside Leeds Art Gallery, then on to Park Row, down to City Square, Boar Lane, Briggate, before turning back on to the Headrow and returning outside Leeds Art Gallery.

Leaders promised a carnival atmosphere in Leeds, with dancers from the West Indian Carnival, the Band of the King’s Division, West Yorkshire Police Band and the Handmade Samba Band.