Luton Town FC celebrate promotion to the Football League with bus tour
- 4 May 2014
- From the section Beds, Herts & Bucks
Thousands have watched Luton Town Football Club celebrate promotion to the Football League with an open top bus tour and reception in the town.
The Conference Premier League champions left their Kenilworth Road ground at 11:30 BST and travelled to St George's Square.
BBC Three Counties Radio hosted a staged event before the squad went to a private reception in the town hall.
Club managing director Gary Sweet said the day was a "celebration of heroes".
The promotion party came five years after the club last toured the town on an open top bus as winners of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
But that 2008/9 season also saw the club's relegation to the Conference Premier League.
Luton Council said it believed about 12,000 fans had packed into St George's Square alone for the celebration.
Town mayor, councillor Sheila Roden, said it had seemed "an awfully long five years" since relegation but this year they were "runaway champions".
They ended the 2013/2014 campaign with 101 points, 19 points ahead of second place Cambridge United, and 102 goals.
Manager John Still said: "The football side sometimes takes time [to sort out] but without a shadow of a doubt what glued it together was [the fans], you are fantastic."
"To take something on that some people think is not possible .... well we made it possible."
Club captain Ronnie Henry said:"There's a lot of people here today and we need to enjoy it because [these days] don't come very often."