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  1. Thousands of people lined the street in Manchester

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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On that note, there's one last thing for me to say: well done Team GB, ParalympicsGB and the people of Manchester for a fantastic evening. And summer, of course.

Now, it's time for the football. Head over here for Liverpool v Manchester United.

Not a bad evening's entertainment, eh?


Luke Reddy

BBC Sport in Manchester


There's a lot of speed, power, talent and medals on that stage.

As Rebecca Ferguson breaks into song, TeamGB and ParalympicsGB are swaying as one. Some unity to end. Lovely stuff.

'I wanted to carry on my two loves'


Here's another TeamGB triathlete who was missing - Rio bronze medallist Vicky Holland - on why she loves the sport.

Find out how to get into triathlon here.

Brotherly love?

Brownlee brothers

Britain’s triathlon brothers are on stage now and it’s the killer question for two super-competitive siblings - do you like him?

Ali Browntree: “Most of the time but sometimes we don’t get on that well. We’re used to it, we’ve done it since we were five, six years old. It’s still the same thing, you just want to beat your brother.”

Jonny Brownlee: “No.”

A grinning Jonny has some kinder words for big bro when asked about their recent race in Mexico, when Alistair helped his exhausted younger sibling to cross the line.

“It’s a weird situation when you become more well know for losing a race rather than winning, but it was good for the sport - and it made Alistair look good!”

Taekwondo's medal heroes

Team GB Taekowndo
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Max treats the Manchester crowd to some moves

Max Whitlock
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Remember the moment?

Farah does it again

For years we wondered if a Briton could even get near the medals over long distances at major championships, such was the dominance of African athletes.

And then came Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah. Now, Great Britain simply refers to him as Mo.

In Rio he dazzled, just as in London four years earlier. A double double? No problem.

Stubborn Kadeena

Kadeena Cox
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"She had the broadest smile imaginable on the medal podium, knowing her stubbornness had earned her a place in the Paralympic history books."

BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson was on the ground in Rio to watch Kadeena Cox win medals in two Paralympic sports and told us that the athlete's mother puts "being stubborn" down as a critical quality her daughter possessed when chasing glory.

You can read more tales in our run-down of the best 2016 Paralympic moments. Just click here.

Remember when...


Team GB's Justin Rose scored the first hole in one in Olympic history on his way to becoming golf's first Olympic champion since 1904.

The PM applauds the nation's sporting heroes

Prime Minister Theresa May
What an amazing atmosphere , thank you Manchester, thank you GB 🇬🇧❤️#GBHeroesMCR

What an amazing atmosphere , thank you Manchester, thank you GB 🇬🇧❤️#GBHeroesMCR

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#MyBestRioMoment @PiersGilliver making history,winning Silver Medal & @ParalympicsGB 1st wh/cfencing medal in 24years ! #Commitment #Legend

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport in Manchester

Meet Jackie, Maxine and Susan, all from Blackpool on a day trip and in their words, with a determination to "thank" the athletes.

"We followed the parade, they were all lovely," says Jackie on the left.

"I loved the Olympics, I couldn't stop watching. I don't think I spoke to my husband for two weeks."

Manchester parade

Ellie's off backpacking

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds might be a familiar face after winning five Paralympic gold medals but at just 21 years old, she is not done yet.

“My aim is to be in Tokyo,” she says, “I’m just going to see each year as it comes. I’m going to take a bit of a break now, I want to go travelling and see the world, and hopefully represent my country again in Tokyo.

“The pressure that we had in London was huge, so Rio was quite relaxed. I’d achieved my dream of getting a gold medal, now I’ve got five, so I’m really happy.”

And the next challenge is just a few weeks away when she sets off on a new adventure.

“I’m going to San Francisco, Mexico and San Diego – me on my own with my little backpack, seeing the world a little bit!”

Taekwondo star Jade Jones is asked by Mark Chapman why she's nicknamed 'The Headhunter'.

Jones jokes: "Because I like kicking people in the head."

There's more to the sport than that. And Jones is a hero having successfully defended her gold medal from London 2012. Go Jade!

Big thanks!

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Robinson is now being interviewed. I imagine she had to clock off school early today. How good must that feel? To walk out of double maths because you're due to be paraded in front of thousands of adoring fans. Hero.

Ellie Robinson

All smiles from the GB hockey girls

Team GB Hockey

Rowing's golden girl Katherine Grainger asked the crowd to chuck her a gold bowler hat. They obliged, and made an Olympian very happy indeed.

Helen Glover

Women's gold medal-winning hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh braving the weather and speaking on BBC One: "I'm a little like a drowned rat but I am a Mancunian so I am fine with it.

"There is a hockey club out there for everyone, go out and give it a go."

So find out how you can get into hockey here.

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Birmingham - we want your kit!


Reclaim Sport
BBC Sport

It's Manchester's day to be celebrating the amazing summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport but in December it will be Birmingham's turn to celebrate the athletes - and other sportsmen and women - at Sports Personality of the Year.

And we're calling on the people of Birmingham to donate their used and unwanted sports kit and equipment to help encourage physical activity in the city.

We've already been promised some kit by some of this lot on stage.

Find out how you can help Reclaim Sporthere.

When you beat your mate to Paralympic gold...

GB wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid, who beat compatriot Alfie Hewett in the Rio final: "It was difficult to play against Alfie but as soon as we got out on court it was no mercy. We have trained a lot together over the last couple of years. At the end of the day, I had to treat it as any other match."

Remember the moment?

Murray retains gold

Andy Murray looked positively spent when the final ball was struck at the Olympic Tennis Centre. 

He and Juan Martin del Potro dug deep in search of gold and it was the Briton who just about found the right answers after a shade over four hours on court.

Del Potro was roared on by a strong contingent of Argentine fans in the crowd and showed the world that his long-term injury woes were behind him.

"I left the last of my toenails on the court," said Del Potro. "I was tremendously tired. It was the crowd that made me keep running."  

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"Go find a club, join a club. Learn how to do the events you're interested in," said Dame Sarah Storey when asked what she would say to anyone who wants to get involved in Paralympic sport.

"But young children should do as many different sports as they can. 

"Find out what you love, what you're good at."

Get Inspired Activity Finder
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And here's how - head over to the Get Inspired Activity Finder and find those activities near you.

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport in Manchester city centre


Good luck getting close to that stage. Many of the British stars show they are human by donning ponchos.

There's high demand for a good position and the hush comes each time an athlete is on the microphone. Everywhere you look there's sodden hair but no sign of anyone bailing early. Foam fingers have been claimed by the elements though, squelch.

The biggest roar of the night so far arrives for the women's gold medal winning hockey team.

Manchester crowd

Prime Minister Theresa May, who insisted the parade be held in Manchester, is pictured clapping as more athletes are introduced to the crowd.

It's a real party atmosphere now.

Theresa May

Remember when...


Laura Trott became Britain's most successful female Olympian as she secured her fourth Olympic gold - to go alongside her Commonwealth gold, seven world golds and 10 European golds - in the omnium. 

Any Mancunian parade-goer worth their salt knows you need a brolly to protect your handwritten message and gold bowler hat from the elements. #stillgoodasnew

Olympics parade

Some of the entertainment in Manchester has been magnificent, including this colourful troupe of dancers.

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Gymnast Max Whitlock, who won two gold medals in one day: "It was a crazy day. The support we have had is just incredible, we didn't realise how much support we had until we stepped off that plane.

"The recognition has gone up a bit for me but for the sport's profile it has been incredible."

Max Whitlock
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Remember the moment

There's a new Ellie in town for the Paralympics

Remember when Ellie Simmonds captured the hearts of the nation after winning a gold medal aged just 13 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics? 

Well, 15 year-old Ellie Robinson, who has the same condition as Simmonds, took us down memory lane. 

The Northampton swimmer swaggered her way to the pool in a coat two sizes too big for her before she claimed gold in the women's S6 50m butterfly. 

She is certainly one to watch in the future. 

Ellie Robinson
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Next, the crowd get to see the gymnastics team in the flesh. Max Whitlock is having a chat with Helen Skelton. He's one cool and talented dude, isn't he?