Manchester City Centre Party to Honour Olympians
24 Oct 2012
Olympian heroes will receive the thanks of Mancunians on Friday at a massive celebration in Manchester city centre.
Over 60 Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners, including Sir Chris Hoy, will attend Friday’s public party in Albert Square.
City centre locations such as the Manchester Velodrome were instrumental in Team GB’s impressive haul this summer, so some of the guests of honour will be 27 members of the British cycling team, based at the Velodrome. They were among those that helped Team GB on its way to third place in 2012 Olympics medals table.
The celebration is being sponsored by Manchester City Council, which said that the event would allow Mancunians to relive the triumphs of this summer’s sporting tournament. Executive member for culture and leisure Councillor Rosa Battle added: “The achievements of Manchester-based Olympians and Paralympians this year were incredible. It’s no exaggeration to say London 2012 would not have been the triumph it was without Manchester. This is our chance to celebrate those achievements in what promises to be a memorable event.”
“It’s also an opportunity to pay tribute to others who made the Games such a great success whether as torch-bearers, coac-hes or volunteers. Let’s send out a message about how proud we are of our city’s contribution to a golden summer of sport.”