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Public celebration for Olympians

Council plans homecoming party in Albert Square for our Olympic heroes

Published on September 5th 2008.


Public celebration for Olympians

Manchester City Council has announced plans to give the city's Olympic and Paralympic contestants a collective pat on the back with a homecoming celebration in Albert Square. Details of the event are vague at the moment, but we know that it will take place on Tuesday 7 October at 6pm in Albert Square – and that all the Beijing 2008 athletes who trained in Manchester will be there, along with medallists from across the North West.

The council seems very keen to honour our sporting heroes right now. Earlier in the week, they put forward plans to give the freedom of Manchester to Sir Bobby Charlton and the Velodrome-based Olympic cycle team.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council said about the October celebrations: “We are planning a public event to enable the people of Manchester to be involved in the celebrations and to congratulate the collective achievements of all the team. It gives everyone the chance to see their favourite sporting stars who have made their mark on world sport this summer and to welcome them home in a fitting manner.”

Athletes attending will include Salford-based Scots cyclist Chris Hoy whose hat-trick of gold medals made him a international as well as a national hero. Gold-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who is based in Wythenshawe, will also be there. She recently spoke out against motorists in Manchester who shout abuse at cyclists and put them in danger through careless driving.

Let's hope she gets a warmer reception at the homecoming party – and that those horn-happy car drivers start showing a little more respect the next time they get to share the road with an Olympic hero.

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mosieSeptember 5th 2008.

Its a great idea but why on a week night at 6pm?Surely, not only will this cause disruption to evening traffic ,but also lots of us who work out of the city will not be abe to get there or to bring our children!Whats wrong with Sunday?

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