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Rio 2016: Date set for Yorkshire homecoming parade

Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, Nile Wilson, Jack Laugher, Katy Marchant Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Yorkshire's Olympic medallists include triathletes Jonny and Alistair Brownlee, gymnast Nile Wilson, diver Jack Laugher, and cyclist Katy Marchant

A date has been set for a homecoming event to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Stars of the Rio 2016 games will be in Leeds city centre on 28 September from late afternoon for a parade.

Leeds triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who took gold and silver in Brazil, will be attending.

Gold medal-winning rower Paul Bennett and triathlon bronze winner Vicky Holland will also be taking part.

Yorkshire contributed 14 medals to Team GB's overall tally of 67 at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games gets going in Rio on Wednesday.

Leeds City Council said further details of the homecoming event, including other attendees, would be announced shortly.

Image caption Yorkshire's five golds, five silvers and four bronzes eclipsed the achievements of some entire countries

Alistair Brownlee, who now has won two Olympic golds, said: "To be greeted on your home turf by fans will be a real high after Rio.

"We can't wait to bring home our medals to Yorkshire and to thank everyone for their overwhelming support."

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