27 August 2012
Last updated at 12:18
Welcome home celebrations have been held around the UK for Team GB's medal-winning athletes. Around 5,000 people turned up to Millennium Square in Leeds to see a host of Olympics stars including triathlete brothers Johnny Brownlee (left), who won bronze, and his brother Alistair (second left) who took gold.
Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead was another athlete to attend the Leeds event. She won Team GB's first medal of the Games on day two when she took silver in the women's road race.
Nicola Adams, who won the first-ever women's boxing gold medal in Olympic history, was unable to be present. The Leeds fighter instead appeared on the big screen and told the crowd she was "very sorry" not to be there.
The Team GB sailing squad were rewarded for their achievements at the Olympics by being given an open-top bus parade through Weymouth and Portland, which hosted the races. Ben Ainslie (centre) won his fourth successive Games gold while the rest of the team collected four silver medals between them.
Hull boxer Luke Campbell won Britain's second Olympic gold in the ring, after Nicola Adams, and an estimated 13,000 people turned out in the centre of his home city to congratulate him. The Games bantamweight champion also attended a special civic dinner along with hammer thrower Alex Smith, who reached his final.
Campbell brought his son Leo along to the celebrations in Hull - and the youngster quickly snaffled his dad's gold medal!
A celebration was held at Bann Rowing Club in Coleraine for Northern Ireland's three medal-winning Team GB rowers. Brothers Richard and Peter Chambers (left and centre) won silver as part of the lightweight fours team, along with Rob Williams and Chris Bartley, while Alan Campbell (right) won a bronze in the single sculls.
Another success came from rower Katherine Copeland. She won gold in the women's lightweight double sculls with Sophie Hosking on 'Super Saturday" and immediately afterwards told BBC Sport: "I can't believe this is real and that we just won." Her celebration took place at Tees Rowing Club in Stockton.
The chance to see Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis attracted around 20,000 people on to the streets of her home city of Sheffield.
At the event at Barker's Pool, Ennis was told she was to be given the freedom of the city. After greeting the crowd she was presented with a 'Sheffield Legends' plaque, two pairs of gold shoes, a cake and a painting of herself by a local artist.
Gymnast Max Whitlock was guest of honour at a civic reception in his home town of Hemel Hempstead. He won two bronze medals at the Olympics - an individual one in the pommel horse and then one in the men's team event, which was Britain's first in that competition for 100 years.
Helen Glover, and partner Heather Stanning, won Team GB's first 2012 Olympic gold medal and first-ever gold for British women rowers. Their pairs final win came just four years after Glover took up the sport. To celebrate she took a trip on a lifeboat before driven on an open-top bus from Newlyn to her home town of Penzance.
Gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams finally made it to Leeds in person after being unable to attend the original homecoming event. Hundreds of fans turned out at the Merrion Centre to see the 29-year-old who is from the city and who said: "Every time I look at the medal I smile."
One of the UK's most successful Olympic towns must surely have been Henley-on-Thames, where 12 athletes from the town's Leander Rowing Club won medals. Ten of them took part in a row-past to the River and Rowing Museum along with three medallists from other clubs, before whisked off on an open-top bus parade.
West Midlands gymnast Kristian Thomas was welcomed home to Earls Gymnastics Club in Halesowen, after his bronze medal in the Olympics, by more than 200 people. Thomas, who also took his medal into the BBC's Birmingham offices, said he hoped his success would encourage more investment in his club.
Bronze medal-winning boxer Anthony Ogogo was paraded through Lowestoft in an open-top car to celebrate his success in the Olympics. Around 500 people turned out to watch and Ogogo said it was a "massive gesture from the town" before adding "I'm completely overwhelmed by it".