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Thousands celebrate Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Scottish cup win

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Thousands of people have turned out to celebrate Inverness Caledonian Thistle's historic Scottish Cup win.

Caley Jags beat Falkirk 2-1 to win the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

Dozens of fans pitched up at the Caledonian Stadium to see the team board an open top bus.

Thousands more gathered in Inverness' Northern Meeting Park for a party. The crowds braved cold winds and cold sharp showers to applaud the players.

Those who gathered at the stadium were given shelter inside the ground from lashing rain.

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Caley Thistle fans also spoke of the generosity of rival premier league side St Johnstone, who benefited from Inverness' win as it gave them a place in European football.

The Perth club made its stadium and facilities available to the bus loads of Inverness fans as they returned home. The supporters were able to take a comfort break and buy hot pies, stovies and hot drinks.

On Sunday, Caley Thistle opened its stadium to supporters who had gathered outside the ground to see the team on to their bus for the parade through Inverness.

When a chilly rain shower tore in from over the Inner Moray Firth, club officials ushered fans inside the stadium where they were able to shelter from the elements.

Players including Marley Watkins, who opened the scoring for Inverness at Hampden, and match-winner James Vincent posed for selfies and signed autographs for supporters.

Thousands more people crowded into the Northern Meeting Park where they were able to enjoy the best of the day's mixed bag of weather and celebrate with the team, who arrived in the open top bus.

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