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Huddersfield Town hold Premier League promotion parade

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Image caption The team paraded on an open-top bus for the short trip to the town centre

Thousands of fans have attended Huddersfield Town's victory parade to celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

Huddersfield beat Reading 4-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Wembley Stadium in Monday's Championship play-off final.

It is the first time the Terriers have been in the top division since 1972.

The parade left the John Smith's Stadium at about 17:40 BST for the short trip to St George's Square.

As it happened: Huddersfield Town parade

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Image caption Manager David Wagner addressed supporters during a promotion party

Manager David Wagner and the first team squad travelled from the stadium via Northumberland Street.

In St George's Square, the team was presented on a stage to the assembled crowd and lifted the Championship play-off trophy.

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Image caption Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle was held aloft by his players
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Image caption Fans packed into St George's Square to greet the players

Wagner said: "It's down to the wives, children and the players too because all together they have made this fairytale have a happy end."

Success in the play-off game will be worth a minimum of £170m to the club and there will be other benefits to the town.

Steven Leigh, of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce said: "The cash injection into the football club and the economic benefit to the local economy to the tune of £50m to £60m per annum will be tremendous for local business.

"The global exposure is a unique opportunity for the town to attract inward investment on an extraordinary scale."

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Image caption Huddersfield fans make their presence felt

Dean Hoyle, Huddersfield Town chairman, said: "When I took over in 2009, it has got harder and harder. Every year we are competing with some real big boys.

"But with an open mind it can be achieved, though I never thought it would be possible. It proves dreams can come true."

The 2017-18 Premier League season - complete with Huddersfield Town - starts on 12 August.

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