Over the past few months, Great Britain has been captured by the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics, from the anticipation of the nationwide torch relay to the national pride resulting from the success of the Games themselves – and the athletes’ impressive medal swoop.
Their achievements are now celebrated with a victory parade, which sees 21 floats carrying the nation’s sportsmen and women through the streets of central London to greet the crowds.
Up to 700 Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes, including over 90 per cent of medal winners, will take part in a parade to celebrate their achievements at the London 2012 Games with the public.
Our Greatest Team are due to set out from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm. They will travel along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing by St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, reaching Trafalgar Square at around 2:20pm.
The public will be able to watch the parade from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square – where two giant screens will be located, with live commentary and views of the parade as it makes its way past the Square.
After passing Trafalgar Square the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch onto The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.
The list of confirmed athletes taking part includes Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah (athletics – float 1), Jessica Ennis (athletics – float 2), Greg Rutherford (athletics – float 3), Anthony Joshua (boxing – float 6), Ed McKeever (canoeing, float 6), Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton (cycling, float 7), Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian, float 8), Katherine Grainger (rowing, float 14), Ben Ainslie (sailing, float 15), Peter Wilson (shooting, float 16), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon, float 20).
ParalympicsGB stars like Hannah Cockcroft, Jody Cundy, Sophie Christiansen, Jonnie Peacock and others will be taking part in the Parade to bring to a close a sensational 11 days of sport at the Games which closed last night.
British Airways will lead a flypast with the Red Arrows over London to thank Team GB and ParalympicsGB. The airline has been granted special permission to fly over The Mall at 1,000ft during the Greatest Team Parade on Monday 10 September.
The flame-coloured ‘Firefly’ A319 aircraft, which was used to bring the Olympic Flame to the UK at the start of the Games will now display a special ‘thank you’ message spanning 13 metres on its underbelly. During its 20-minute journey, it will pass over the Olympic Park reaching The Mall one minute later at approximately 1541.
Gabby Logan will presents the live coverage on the BBC, with commentary by Huw Edwards, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Hazel Irvine.
BBC One 1.25pm, BBC News Channel 8.30am, Highlights on BBC One 8.30pm.
Jon Snow will front Channel 4′s live coverage, with Clare Balding, Iwan Thomas and Rachel Latham capturing the atmosphere as they join the sportsmen and women making their way through the capital, and commentary comes from Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Channel 4 12.50pm.
The coverage begins on Sunrise from 6am and run right through to 9pm. Sky 1 will be taking Sky News coverage from 1pm through until 5pm.
Sky News Presenters – Adam Boulton, Stephen Dixon, Gillian Joseph, Sarah Jane Mee, Dermot Murnaghan, Samantha Simmonds, and Jeremy Thompson – will be stationed at key points along the route, as well as on the floats with the athletes themselves. They will be mingling with the crowds as the nation celebrates the achievements of the athletes who featured in the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Sky News 6am, Sky One 1pm, Highlights on Sky News 8pm.