HENLEY’S Olympians will be welcomed home with an open-top bus parade through the town
HENLEY’S Olympians will be welcomed home with an open-top bus parade through the town.
The 26 Leander rowers competing at the Games in Rio will be given a tour from the club to the town hall on Saturday, September 17.
Thousands of people are expected to line the route of the parade, which will be led by a marching band.
When the athletes disembark they will walk through an arch of blades to join Mayor Julian Brookes on a stage outside the town hall in Market Place. The blades will be provided by all the local rowing clubs.
The rowers will be introduced to the crowd and then sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Chocolate medals and mini-Union flags will be handed out to the spectators and street entertainers will perform.
The parade has been organised by Leander and Henley Town Council and Olympians from other clubs who live in the area have been invited to take part.
There will be a rolling road closure while the parade takes place and parking bays near the town hall will be cordoned off.
Members of Henley Lions Club and “Gamesmakers” from London 2012 will be asked to be marshals.
A similar parade was held after the 2012 Olympics, where team GB won two gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes, and after the Beijing Games in 2008.
For full details of the route and times, see this week's Henley Standard.