As it happened - Glasgow's Olympic parade

Key points

  • Hundreds gathered at Kelvingrove Museum for the send-off
  • Parade left Kelvingrove Museum at 16:15
  • It reached George Square at about 17:30
  • Police estimate George Square crowd at about 5,000
  • Sir Chris Hoy tells the crowd the day was better than the athletes could have imagined
  • 14 Scots won medals at London Games, 11 at the Paralympics

Live text

Reporting:

  • Steven Brocklehurst 
  • Keir Murray 
  • Paul Bradley 

Last updated 14 September 2012

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Welcome to the live page on the official homecoming parade for Scotland's Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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What's the plan? The parade starts at 16:15 from Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow and is expected to reach George Square at about 17:15.

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The athletes will travel the route on three 7.5 tonne wheelchair-friendly, flatbed vehicles

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The route, about two miles, will go down the west part of Sauchiehall Street, where there is a recommended viewing area. It will also take a trip down Buchanan Street before it gets to George Square in the city centre.

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Claire D'Alby (@MammyDalby): Fingers crossed that there will be spaces in George square when we get there with the kids #bbcparade

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The street parades are not ticketed and entry to George Square, which has a 17,000 capacity, will be on a first-come basis.

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At George Square, there will be a stage, large screen, and entertainment. Scots in Team GB and ParalympicsGB will be invited up to the stage to engage with the crowd.

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First Minister Alex Salmond will be attending as will Sports Minister Shona Robison, Sportscotland chair Louise Martin, Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty, leader of Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson, and British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan.

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A reception hosted by the first minister at the Old Fruitmarket will take place after the George Square event.

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Double cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, gold medal rower Katherine Grainger and gold-winning Paralympian cyclist Neil Fachie will attend the parade.