Sir Chris Hoy to join Olympians for Manchester celebration

Sir Chris Hoy
Image caption Sir Chris Hoy is Britain's most successful Olympian

Cyclists Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott and Sarah Storey will be among gold medallists at a celebration of Olympic and Paralympic heroes in Manchester.

Sir Chris, who with six Olympic golds is Britain's most successful Olympian, will join more than 60 athletes at the party in Albert Square on Friday.

The event, to take place from 17:00 BST to 18:30 BST, will show highlights from the games on a big screen.

People will also get the chance to see some of Team GB's medals.

Greater Manchester-based athletes won a total of nine Olympic golds, accounting for almost a third of the 29 Olympic golds won by Team GB, and 16 Paralympic golds.

The party, compered by BBC commentator Paul Dickenson, will also be a chance to pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers and staff from the region who supported the operation of the Games.

'Memorable and atmospheric'

Rosa Battle, executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The achievements of Manchester-based Olympians and Paralympians this year were incredible.

"It's no exaggeration to say that Team Manchester was at the heart of Team GB's gold rush, and that London 2012 would not have been the triumph it was without Manchester.

"This is our chance as a city to relive and celebrate those achievements in what promises to be a memorable and atmospheric event.

"It's also an opportunity to pay tribute to those other Mancunians who made the Games such a great success - whether as torch-bearers, coaches or volunteers.

"Let's send out a resounding message about how proud we are of our great city's contribution to a golden summer of sport."

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