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Barnsley open bus tour marks Championship promotion win

Barnsley players on a bus surrounded by fans Image copyright Barnsley Football Club
Image caption Thousands lined the streets to watch the bus carrying the team go past

Thousands of people lined the streets as Barnsley Football Club marked their promotion to the Championship with an open-top bus parade.

The Tykes won 3-1 in the League One play-off against Millwall at Wembley on Sunday.

The tour, which started at Oakwell Stadium at 16:15 BST, was followed by a celebration at Barnsley Town Hall.

Up to 6,000 fans were expected to turn out for the event, with many wearing team colours and bringing flags.

Image caption Fans were encouraged to paint the town red by bringing flags and wearing team colours
Image caption Fans wait for the players to greet them on the balcony of the town hall
Image caption It is the second time the players have been welcomed on to the balcony this year
Image copyright Barnsley Council
Image caption Cheers and applause erupts from the crowd as the players lift the trophy onto the balcony
Image caption Goal scorer Adam Hammill said: "We're not [in the Championship] to make the numbers up. We're there to kick on."
Image copyright PA
Image caption The team claimed victory against Milwall at Wembley

Councillor Linda Burgess, the mayor of Barnsley said: "We're really proud to be able to welcome our home team on to the town hall balcony for the second time this season."

The parade followed a route which took in Grove Street, Pontefract Road, Kendray Street, Eldon Street, Church Street and Sadler Gate.

Barnsley's earlier trip to Wembley saw them beat Oxford United 3-2 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

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