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Watford FC parade marks promotion to Premier League

Watford open-top bus parade at Cassiobury park Image copyright PA
Image caption The players and staff were greeted by thousands of fans at Cassiobury park

Thousands of people turned out in Watford to celebrate the town's promotion to the Premier League.

Players and staff travelled on open-top buses through the town to an event at Cassiobury Park, where they were greeted by cheering fans.

Watford clinched promotion to the top flight last weekend, but missed out on the Championship title on Saturday.

Captain and striker Troy Deeney said seeing the fans was "amazing" and "quite humbling".

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Image caption Watford's players took photographs on top of the open-top buses
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Image caption BBC Three Counties said about 20,000 people had joined the celebrations in Cassiobury Park

He said he could not believe the number of people who had turned out just to cheer some people "who kick a football around".

Defender Tommie Hoban added: "I've never seen anything like it, it's been an amazing day."

It is believed about 20,000 Hornets fans poured into the park to celebrate with the team.

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Image caption The Watford players appeared on stage at Cassiobury Park to thank the fans
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Image caption Watford captain Troy Deeney said: "Coming in to see this many people is surreal"

The open bus tour travelled along St Albans Road from Asda, arriving at Cassiobury Park at about 14:30 BST.

The players arrived on stage in the park half an hour later to huge cheers after a concert by an Elton John tribute act.

Watford found out they had been promoted after beating Brighton 2-0 last Saturday, but lost out on the Championship title after drawing 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

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Image caption Watford celebrated promotion to the Premier League on Saturday with fans flocking on the pitch

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