Sportsday - Olympics and Paralympics athletes' parade

Coverage of the London 2012 athletes' parade through the streets of London and reaction to the Games.

10 September 2012 Last updated at 18:21

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As it happened

  1. 1730: 

    The crowds are dispersing outside Buckingham Palace, and it's starting to sink in that the most wonderful party is winding up. That was London 2012, the Games that Britain will never forget.

    This was the summer which saw Mo, Jess, Ellie and a whole host of Olympians and Paralympians win gold medals and places in our hearts. It was the summer that saw records tumble and tears shed. And in the words of London Mayor Boris Johnson, this was the summer when tube passengers broke into spontaneous conversation with each other.

    That was London 2012 - and this was Sportsday Live. Thank you for joining us, and for submitting your thoughts as always. We'll do it all again from 0800 BST tomorrow.

  2. 1729: 

    As if that weren't enough, we've got Andy Murray's bid for a first Grand Slam title for you as well.

    Murray takes on Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 BST and play due to start at 2100 BST. We've got text commentary on the website for you on that one too.

  3. 1726: 

    Two more sporting events to throw your way on this spectacular Monday. The second Twenty20 international between England and South Africa starts at 1830 BST.

    There's live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and online, as well as text commentary right here on the BBC Sport website.

  4. 1724: 

    If you've missed today's parade - or watched it and want to see the best bits again - then tune into BBC One at 2030 BST for all the highlights.

  5. 1722: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald at The Mall: The athletes are giving their final interviews on The Mall before they head off for a reception.

    Sir Chris Hoy, who's spoken often of that forgone well-earned pint, says he's managed to celebrate a few times since becoming Britain's most successful Olympian.

    His best moment today? "When the road opened out and there was such a sea of people," he says. All the athletes had to do was turn around, wave their medals and, as Hoy put it, "you'd get an amazing "way hayyy!" from the crowd.

  6. 1720: 

    Olympic super-heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, speaking to BBC One: "It has been a great day. For the Olympics to have finished a few weeks ago and then to have it all brought back with this Olympic parade, it brings it back to life and helps me relive the Olympic experience.

    "Boris Johnson said it for me, we are such a small nation but if we stand up strong together we can achieve anything and that is important for me."

  7. 1716: 

    Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport, tells BBC One: "It has been an amazing day. This summer has seen the creation of two great teams to make this country proud. It is just great that we have been able to deliver such fantastic success. Everyone has been a role model at the Games at that is what we are investing in.

    "The work for Rio began 12 months ago. There is no rest for us, the journey continues."

  8. 1710: 

    Steve and Kay Adlington, whose daughter Rebecca won double Olympic bronze in London, have been speaking to BBC News.

    Kay: "Becky won two golds in Beijing and two bronzes in London. Of all the girls on the podium with Becky four years ago, she's the only one who has won medals in London. She's not only entered the history books, she's rewritten them. As a parent, you can't ask for more."

    Steve: "The crazy thing is that Becky's keeping up her training because she's doing a charity bike ride to Zambia."

  9. 1702: 

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jess Ennis, speaking to the BBC's Dan Roan, is looking ahead to a post-Olympics world: "I am back into training preparing for the World Championships in Moscow.

    "A few weeks ago I could not wait until I had finished competing but it is definitely sadness now that it is all done, you want the moment to live on forever."


    David Rowberry on Twitter: "Boris's speeches are exceptional! No one could've summed up the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games better."

    Sue McCann on Twitter: "That's it, it really is all over now. An amazing summer of sport. Now what did I used to watch all day before the games started...?"

    Thomas Lawlor on Twitter: "I am glad the Olympics and Paralympics are over. Now for some proper TV like 'Strictly Ice Dancing in the Kitchen'."


    Great Britain's 110m hurdler Andy Hunter tweets: "Absolutely blown away by all the support we had on the parade today. Big thanks to everyone."

  12. 1656: 

    More from Lord Coe, speaking to the BBC's Dan Roan: "We will never see sport the same way again nor see disability the same way again.

    "I am not sad today, because I think the best part, if we use the same passion to the legacy as we did the Games, is ahead of us."

  13. 1654: 

    Olympic double bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington, speaking to the BBC's Dan Roan: "I never expected the reception we got today. That was totally insane. It was great to say thank you to everyone who has supported us.

    "I do love Boris. He was the highlight for me. But it was just incredible to see so much support. I hope the legacy will last. Sport doesn't end because London 2012 is over. It's great we've set this mark, but we want to beat it in Rio."

  14. 1648: 

    Lord Coe, chair of Games organisers Locog, speaking to the BBC's Dan Roan: "I still feel hugely excited, with a massive amount of pride. We've delivered a successful Games. That's the important thing. The lovely thing about it is that every time we had the opportunity to celebrate, millions have done so.

    "Every time TeamGB or ParalympicsGB stepped out into an arena, the wall of noise that hit them was something that will stay with me."


    Team GB hockey player Sally Walton tweets: "Wow - that was incredible... Thank you everyone for coming out to watch #OurGreatestTeam. Just a sea of screaming people."

  16. 1640: 

    More from Princess Anne, president of the British Olympic Association: "Finally, I wish to say thanks to the athletes for their all-inspiring achievements. I mean that to all the athletes, not just those who won medals - as you are all now Olympians."


    Simon Newby on Twitter: "OK, I will say it. I can't get enough of Boris!"

    Dax on Twitter: "I absolutely loved Boris Johnson's speech."

    NRE on Twitter: "Boris has such a way with words: "You not only inspired a generation, you probably helped to create one as well."

    Have your say on Twitter, with the hashtag #bbc2012

  18. 1638: 

    More from Princess Anne, president of the British Olympic Association: "Can I say thanks to the chefs de mission for the British Olympic Association, Andy Hunt, and British Paralympic Association, Craig Hunter, for making sure the athletes were prepared to compete at their best. For them, the satisfaction has been enormous to see the success of these games."

  19. 1636: 

    Boris has left the stage, to be followed by a rather eclectic musical mix to finish. First, Katherine Jenkins performs a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, before The Noisettes take to the stage to get everyone dancing.

  20. 1633: 

    More from Mayor of London Boris Johnson: "You racked up more medals than France, Germany and Australia, probably more medals per head than probably any other country on this earth.

    "You brought athletics home, you brought home rowing, you brought home cycling, you brought home ping pong but above all you brought home the truth about this country - which is that there is no limit to what can be achieved."

  21. 1632: 

    More from Mayor of London Boris Johnson: "You showed that success is not just about talent and luck but about grit and determination. You produced such a combination of tears and joy on the sofas of Britain that you not only inspired a generation, but you probably helped to create one as well."

  22. 1630: 

    Wow. Impossible, really, to do full justice to that Boris Johnson speech. Here is just an excerpt: "Here we are at the tear-sodden climax of London 2012. We say thank you to the armed services, the police and G4S and of course the tens of thousands of London Ambassadors and Games staff.

    "Above all, we must thank the people who have made this possible, the most successful British athletes this country has ever had and my word there are a lot of you.

    "You brought this country together. You routed the doubters and for the first time in living memory, you caused tube passengers to break into spontaneous conversation."

  23. 1628: 

    Princess Anne, president of the British Olympic Association: "What a pleasure it has been to be president of BOA for a home Olympic Games. To see so many faces out there of the people who have been critical to producing the stages, platforms and support for these athletes is fantastic. This has been a really remarkable period of time."

  24. 1627: 

    London Mayor Boris Johnson, blond mop blowing in the wind, brings the house down with a stirring speech containing more than the odd Borisism. "I want to thank of all you," he says, turning to the athletes behind him. "My God, there are a lot of you."

  25. 1624: 

    More from Prime Minister David Cameron: "One hundred days on from those celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, here we are again at the end of this great British summer that will be remembered for years to come.

    "You showed that we can take on the world and win, so let the spirit of these Olympic Games live on for generations to come."

  26. 1622: 

    More from Prime Minister David Cameron: "Most of all, you promised to inspire a generation and that is what you have done. Children are thinking about sport and disability in ways they never did before.

    "You showed us the best face of Britain, who we really are. One United Kingdom, one flag, one celebration. You showed us all that we can be."

  27. 1620: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron is first to speak: "From the heroes of the velodrome to the champions of the track and field, from every one of our Olympians and Paralympians, you have given us moments we will never forget. The whole country salutes your brilliance."

  28. 1619: 

    How do you follow the Pet Shop Boys? With a trio of the nation's top brass: The Princess Royal, Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson take to the stage.

  29. 1617: 

    Cyclist Sarah Storey, speaking at the athletes' parade: "The athletes want to thank all the UK as without them we couldn't have done what we did to bring home all this bling."


    Team GB fencer James Honeybone tweets: "Now about five metres away from The Pet Shop Boys singing live... What a crazy day!"

  31. 1614: 

    "The next Olympics are going west to Brazil," says Tennant. Before diving headlong into a rousing chorus of Domino Dancing. Just kidding. Of course, it's Go West, the Village People classic that launched a million football chants. All together now: "Together..."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Double cycling gold medallist Laura Trott: "I don't think another country is going to match up to what London has done here. Hopefully we have inspired a generation. I can't believe how many people are here."


    British kayak gold medallist Ed McKeever tweets: "It's been an amazing experience at the parade in London, thanks to everyone who came to see us!"

  34. 1609: 

    Neil Tennant announces to the crowd: "This is a song inspired by London." And launches into West End Girls. The athletes seem a tad unsure whether to dance or not.


    Gemma Gibbons, Britain's judo silver medallist, tweets: "How incredible, the crowds of enthusiastic supporters seem to go on and on. Amazing!"

  36. 1605: 

    The Pet Shop Boys take to the stage to perform their new single 'Winner', which has more than a Olympic tinge to it. Not really the weather for sunglasses, but super-cool keyboard player Chris Lowe is still going for it, all the same.

  37. 1604: 

    Sir Chris Hoy, speaking at the athletes' parade about life after the Olympics: "If you have to end an Olympic career anywhere this is the way to do it. A number of athletes are retiring today in terms of their Olympic careers. I think I am going to try to continue on to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. It is a bit greedy but if I can have a home Olympics and a home Commonwealth Games that would be great."

  38. 1603: 

    Scotland's Sir Chris Hoy drops a pretty strong hint that he fancies a crack at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Well, he would be riding at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome - what a finish to a career that would be.

  39. 1557: 

    Sarah Storey and Sir Chris Hoy walk onto the stage to a huge ovation. A gust of wind causes a dressing room malfunction for co-host Helen Skelton, which brings another cheer. Hoy focuses on thanking the crowd, which gains the biggest round of applause.

  40. 1554: 

    MacDonald finishes with a melodic strum and the crowds surge forward to see whoever appears next on the stage. But first it's a film on the big screens, highlighting some of the memorable moments of the summer. I'm sure you can guess what they are.

  42. 1551: 

    "'Cos I'd move mountains if you asked me to / I'll swim the seven seas / I'll be the one to hold your torch again / I'll do anything you ask of me." Quite a few London 2012 themes in that chorus, aren't there?

  43. 1550: 

    She's alone on the stage, striking the opening chords to her hit, Pride. Yes, it's Amy MacDonald.


    Team GB handball player Mark Hawkins tweets: "Amazing fans on the streets of London! Loved every minute, thanks to everyone for coming out"

  45. 1548: 

    And here come the crowdpleasers. The Red Arrows, dare-devils all, trail nine plumes of smoke: three blue, three white and three red. For the thousands beneath, poking digital cameras and mobile phone skywards, that's the snap you want.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    T42 200m gold medal winner Richard Whitehead: "This just sums up 36 years of my life. So many people have come out to embrace what the real spirit of sport is."


    Women's flyweight boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams tweets: "I hope everyone enjoyed the parade as much as we did, thank you for coming out to support @TeamGB today"

  48. 1542: 

    A huge roar from the crowd as they spy a golden British Airways aeroplane passing overhead. It has an enormous 'THANK YOU' stencilled on its belly, and in case you weren't sure it is the aircraft that brought the Olympic flame to Britain many months ago.

  49. 1540: 

    All the floats are here and the finale begins quite soon. How can we be sure? Because the band of the Royal Marines, the musical wing of the Royal Navy, have rounded the Victoria Memorial. They have been bringing up the rear of the procession, and as their fine marching music subsides it is replaced with pop music over dozens of loudspeakers. The flypast, by the way, is scheduled for 1545 BST. So not long to wait for all you plane-heads.

  50. 1537: 

    A shot of the balcony of Buckingham Palace, upon which so many Royal couples have kissed to the delight of the crowds. Today it's sportspeople who please the masses, but do all those assembled realise that a flypast of aircraft is planned? If not it could come as an almighty shock.


    Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy tweets: "Amazing scenes, never seen anything like it!"

  52. 1534: 

    What an amazing few months for Jess Ennis. Since winning gold at the Olympics she has been given the freedom of Sheffield, had a stand at Bramall Lane named after her and has even appeared in the Beano.

    "It has been an incredible year," she tells BBC One.

    "To end on this huge high here in London with this amazing team is incredible. I was back on the track yesterday, I did a few grass runs to keep the body ticking over but other than that I have just been relaxing and enjoying life."

  53. 1531: 

    And as the first float halts, the final 21st passes under Admiralty Arch. That's the lot.

  54. 1530: 

    The very first float filled with athletic superstars rounds the Victoria Memorial fountain and passes in front of the main gates of Buckingham Palace. For the first time in what must feel like an age those on board are not surrounded on both sides by shrieking fans. How must that momentary comparative calm feel right now? Weird? Relaxing? A much-needed respite?

  55. 1528: 

    Mobots aplenty from Mo Farah as his float full of track athletes enters The Mall. It's tremendously sporting of him, performing that pose on request. His triceps must be aching something awful...

  56. 1526: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald at The Mall: The floats are drawing near now, the athletes approach, a helicopter is hovering overhead.

    Paramedic Anthony Morgan is a professional. But even he admits to hoping the excitement here in the next hour doesn't prove too much for some.

    At the Olympics Opening Ceremony, he was just settling into a Stadium space "right on the top, I had a great view" when someone had a heart attack.

    He saved them, and sent them off to a hospital.

    Today he's just across from Buckingham Palace, great view, waiting to see the competitors. He says he's "so proud".

    If there are any acute cases, there's 150 other ambulance personnel here. He's just saying...

  57. 1523: 

    The cyclists are passing by, the pedal-pushing super stars whose exploits caused the velodrome to boom and shake, and whose success made any spare seats the hottest tickets in town.

  58. 1521: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Edward and Seb Coe have joined others in the special seats and are on their feet. Thumbs up and the odd wink from the PM at Team GB's athletes as they pass.


    Angela on Twitter: "What an amazing parade of talent. Each one of you have made us extremely proud to be British."

    Rana Chatterjee on Twitter: "At start of the parade in the City. Even the suits are whooping and cheering like hyperactive children. 2012 fever has got to all."

    Rory Hall on Twitter: "This country must always remember the year it pulled off The Greatest Show in the World with such style and aplomb."

    Where are you watching the athletes' parade? Join the discussion via #bbc2012 on Twitter.

    James Pearce, BBC Sport

    These crowds are the final proof of success of London 2012.

  61. 1517: 

    BBC News reporter Michael Hirst at The Mall: Chief Superintendent Adrian Roberts, the Met officer on charge on the ground in The Mall area, said the success of the London 2012 security operation was down to extensive planning.

    "The security risk is always there in the background and you must be alive to it and vigilant about it," he told the BBC.

    "But what's been so amazing about the Games is that the planning has been so good - that's paid off.

    "The overwhelming positivity during the Games has been quite remarkable."

  62. 1514: 

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, one-time Olympian Princess Anne and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson are just some of the notables on their feet and applauding as then first dozen floats proceed steadily down The Mall.

  63. 1512: 

    Zara Phillips, speaking to BBC One on the equestrian float: "This is unbelievable. To think everyone has come out for all of us is just amazing. We are so grateful to them."

  64. 1510: 

    The tip of the parade passes through Admiralty Arch and prepares to advance on Buckingham Palace. Not far now...

    On the arch, in Latin, it reads: "In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens." Today those citizens are out in force, and showing their gratitude for a phenomenal summer of sport just gone.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    David Weir, who won four gold medals, speaks about how this summer has seen the popularity of Paralympics rise: "This has just been fantastic, seeing us in the papers every day and on the TV, it has been a dream come through. I've always said that we have to get the Paralympics more recognised and we've done that.

    "We have raised it to the same level as the Olympics. Britain has done that with the volunteers and crowd also. Seb Coe always said it was the Olympics and Paralympics so we never felt left out."

  66. 1505: 

    BBC Sport's Ian Westbrook reports: "Quite calm in Trafalgar Square now with everybody watching the big screen.

    "No doubt there will be big cheers when the parade gets here.

    "Every time Games Makers are shown on the big screen there are huge cheers from the massed ranks of Games Makers in the Square itself."

  67. 1503: 

    BBC Sports news correspondent Joe Wilson: "I am on board a float with Mo Farah. Someone has just thrown on an inflatable Dalek which he's been happily posing with.

    "Schoolchildren are in tears making eye contact with him, work in the offices has stopped, men in shirts and ties all coming to the window to take photos. Mo has just told me he's been doing the 'Mobot' so often he'll never have to do weights again.

    "All the athletes I've spoken to just overwhelmed by the response. As we reach Trafalgar Square there is nothing to see but a sea of union jacks."


    Team GB handball player Ciaran Williams tweets: "Great British public you are incredible! #thankyou"

  69. 1459: 

    A military brass band pomp away to the applause of the crowds. It's a reminder that the armed forces played such an important role in these Games. They manned security at the Olympic Park and other venues with efficiency and cheerfulness, and now they get some of the time in the sun.

  70. 1456: 

    Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it's being said that the parade is running 15 minutes behind schedule. Those lucky folks who have tickets for the final stretch in front of Buckingham Palace will just have to wait a while longer.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Great Britain's gymnastic silver medallist Louis Smith: "I'm grateful for all the people who are skiving off work and school - this is great. There's a bit of downtime from the Olympics so it is great to be back and enjoying it."


    Great Britain 110m hurdler Lawrence Clarke tweets: "There must be more than a million people out supporting today!"

  73. 1453: 

    BBC News reporter Michael Hirst at The Mall: Lorna, Stefan and Theepan are chuggers with a difference.

    They're among 50 roving salespeople, flogging Team GB and ParalympicsGB scarves along the Mall for a tenner a pop.

    "If we sell enough we get to have one for free," Lorna tells the BBC. "Buy one for your country!"

  74. 1451: 

    Sir Chris Hoy is correct. A pair of office workers perch on the sill of their workplace window some stories up. Builders down tools and wave at the floats in high visibility jackets. The doorway of a shop offering shoe repairs and key cutting "while-u-wait" is jammed with spectators. If you want your stilettos fixing, best bring them in tomorrow...

  75. 1448: 

    Sir Chris Hoy, speaking to BBC One on the cycling float: "There are people hanging off the tops of rooves, out of windows and climbing lamposts, it is incredible. This is our chance to thank these guys for their support."

  76. 1446: 

    Josie Pearson, F51/52/53 discus gold medal winner, has a pair of enormous plastic sunglasses on her head. They are purple, but there's no need to wear them as cloud cover makes central London an overcast sports party this afternoon.


    Team GB hockey player Annie Panter tweets: "The hockey girls are wondering how we go about getting some champagne aboard float number 12!"

  78. 1442: 

    Laura Trott is sporting her Olympic medals on the cycling float. She says she has taken them off only once since the Olympics finished, when she went on holiday. The reason? "I didn't want dodgy tan lines, so that is the only time they came off," she tells BBC One.

    James Pearce, BBC Sport

    Just interviewed Greg Rutherford who is close to tears. I somehow got through London 2012 without shedding a tear but this is a test today.

  80. 1439: 

    We're seeing the rowers pass. They cannot be mistaken - it is a float of giraffes, surely a collection of the tallest people in the parade. "Thank you!" veteran oarsman Greg Searle shouts at the throng, waving. No, thank you Mr Searle. He's 6ft 5in, don't you know...

  81. 1435: 

    Just to remind you, there are 21 floats with about 800 athletes on board. They're driving alphabetically, so athletes at the front and water polo players at the rear. More than 90% of Team GB's medallists, including Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock, are in the convoy and waving at the crowds.

  82. 1433: 

    F40 shot putter Kyron Duke is loving the camera. There's a blown kiss or three. There's a Usain Bolt pose. There's a biceps pump. There's punching the air and cheering the crowds...


    Michelle Conway on Twitter: "How amazing! Watching the parade on telly and bursting with even more absolute pride!"

    Alex Patel on Twitter: "Goodbye Team GB and ParalympicGB. Its been emotional! Proud to be British."

    Geethu Jay on Twitter: "Standing with the parents of the Paralympians makes me feel so honoured."

    Watching the athletes' parade? Tell us your experiences, via #bbc2012 on Twitter.

  84. 1430: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald at The Mall: Pretty much any question you have on the 2012 Games can be answered here on The Mall this afternoon, with everyone who made the Games happen, from Lord Coe down, here awaiting the athletes.

    The space in front of the Queen's residence is packed with uniforms - forces, police and Team GB track suits.

    Designer Lee Froggatt, who made Pride the Lion red, white and blue - "Before, he was just a normal lion" - is contemplating what marketing do next, for Sochi 2014.

    Sgt Sam de Lozey of Kent Police was nominated to take her place on the Mall by colleagues who helped her police the Games. She's "waiting for Mo".

    And Team GB rowing staff are reflecting on the Games and their medal-winning success.

    "I think it's just what the country needed, isn't it?" says physiologist Mark Homer. "Everything went perfectly."

  85. 1427: 

    There are clusters of people packed down any side street, who can only really hope to catch a fleeting glimpse of a float and the athletes on board. It seems they just want to be here to soak in the celebratory atmosphere, and why not?

    BBC Radio 5 live

    London 2012 double bronze medallist Rebecca Adlington speaking on her phone from the swimming float: "It's very noisy and crazy down here. We're not far in yet - we're on number 17 so we're quite far at the back. It is incredible. It is so loud."

  87. 1424: 

    Grenadier Guards perform a trumpet salute welcoming the parade into the City of Westminster from the City of London. The paper lion puppets that lead the procession halt for a beat then head off in the direction of Trafalgar Square, followed by two dozen young drummers in blue and red. The 21 floats are not far behind...

  88. 1421: 

    David Weir, who won four golds at the Paralympics, tells BBC One: "It has not sunk in yet. I need to go back home and spend some time with my family, watch my races back at what I have done and what I have achieved. Just looking at my twitter feed I see all these messages congratulating me on what I have done and to read stuff like that is amazing."


    Great Britain swimmer Daniel Fogg tweets: "It's getting louder and louder!"

  90. 1419: 

    Comedian and marathon runner Eddie Izzard, dressed in Games Maker purple, meets and greets the massed crowds on The Mall. Izzard was integral to some of the Games Maker training days in boosting morale, and today he tweeted his encouragement for all participants to wear their London 2012 uniforms to their places of work.

  91. 1415: 

    BBC News' Michael Hirst at The Mall: Some 70 uniformed London Fire Brigade officers who worked on London 2012 are gathered at the south-western end of the Mall.

    "The Games surpassed all our expectations," deputy assistant commissioner Lee Phillpotts told the BBC.

    "From the safety and security perspective it's been really quiet - and that's no accident," he adds, citing the years of work planning and preparing for the event."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Olympic gold medallist in double sculls rowing Katherine Grainger speaking during the parade: "We never really knew how many people would turn up, maybe we thought people would have gone back to work or been fatigued by the last month. But my word, we could never have expected this.

    "It is an amazing time to have a celebration with the Paralympic athletes too and a chance to say thank you to all the fans."

  93. 1412: 

    There's 16-year-old S14 200m freestyle swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate, who smashed the world record in claiming Paralympic gold, with her trademark long, dyed red hair. There's a wee Union Jack fascinator in there as well, just to complete her idiosyncratic look.

    Dan Roan, BBC Sport

    Thousands of Gamesmaker volunteers line The Mall, the finishing straight of the parade.

  95. 1408: 

    Louise Jukes is quite right. There are so, so many people, and an enormous shot from above the crowds show lines of spectators 30 deep mounting the step that lead up to the entrance of St Paul's Cathedral. It's iconic, and a reminder that the characterful city of London, with its history, tradition and vibrancy, has played its own pivotal part in making these Games so special.


    Team GB handball player Louise Jukes tweets: "Seriously overwhelmed yet again! So emotional! The British public are amazing thank you!! So many people"

  97. 1405: 

    A smile and grin into the camera from Tom Daley, a bronze medal winner in the 10m platform diving. He's looking bronzed after some time spent in the sun post-Games, but admitted earlier today before boarding his float: "last week I was back to school and back to training."

  98. 1401: 

    The crowds seem so excited, there are suggestions that some have broken from the barriers and are roaming free. Nothing malicious, just an enthusiasm to get close to these sporting heroes.

  99. 1354: 

    BBC's Mike Hirst at The Mall: Hundreds of uniformed schoolchildren are lining the northern side of The Mall - representatives of the London 2012 Get Set programme.

    "It's brilliant to be able to bring 20 of our top sports students here - maybe one day they'll be part of this type of parade," says David Loomes, head of upper school at Hayes high school in Bromley.


    Great Britain hockey goalkeeper Beth Storry tweets: "Amazing! Think it might make me cry at some point. There are so many people here."

  101. 1350: 

    Fascinating watching out for all those faces that have become household names to us all over the last few weeks thanks to their superb achievements.

    Nicola Adams, the first female boxing Olympic champion, beams at the crowd as she passes by while Daley takes the opportunity to snap the enormous crowds that have gathered on his camera phone as the floats slowly make their way towards St Paul's.


    Georgie Twigg, who was part of Great Britain's bronze medal-winning hockey team, tweets: "All on board our float! This is going to be amazing, so many people lining the streets. Thank you British public!"

  103. 1346: 

    BBC's Ian Westbrook at Trafalgar Square: "The steps into Trafalgar Square are being sat on by rows and rows of Games Makers in their familiar purple uniforms.

    "Every so often they try to start a Mexican wave but it doesn't take off. It is the only thing that hasn't worked for them all Games."


    Britain's 10,000m and 5,000m gold medallist Mo Farah speaking just as the parade begins on BBC One: "To go round the streets of London one more time is great to show our appreciation. If it wasn't for the crowd, I wouldn't have achieved what I have done."

  105. 1344: 

    The parade floats are moving with dancing lions leading the way. Glimpses of the likes of Mo Farah and Tom Daley waving to the crowd as the floats slowly make their way through the streets of London. The whole parade is expected to take around 90 minutes.

  106. 1341: 

    BBC News reporter Christine Jeavans, at Mansion House for the start of the athletes' parade: "The six police horses which head up the parade are in position and the giant carnival-style dancing lions are fluttering in the breeze. Spectators are perched on the roof of One Poultry and leaning out of windows above the scene.

    "A sense of huge anticipation from the crowd."

  107. 1338: 

    Float one is for athletics and archery and joining them on there is John Inverdale. Yet another lovely Mo Farah moment as John hands his microphone to Farah, before he and fellow BBC presenter Sonali Shah do the 'Mobot'. To which, Farah says: "That's called the Mobot. He has given me his job here!"


    Great Britain Handball player Mark Hawkins tweets: "We're off! This is amazing, people of London are amazing!"

  109. 1333: 

    A huge crowd has packed out Trafalgar Square and I am delighted to say the rain is holding off for now. Just a few minutes before the athletes' floats begin making their way along the parade route.

  110. 1329: 

    Coverage of the athletes' parade is live now on BBC One and, for desktop users, at the top of this page. BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC News channel are also providing live coverage.

    The parade itself gets under way at 1335 BST, so settle in and enjoy the celebrations of Great Britain's fantastic and memorable achievements this summer.

  111. 1327:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Hannah Cockcroft, who won T34 100m and 200m gold, speaking ahead of the parade: "This is the end, it's a bit sad. We've worked for four years but the 11 days are gone and it's now home time. You've got to dream. I never thought I'd get this far. It's a dream come true, I have two gold medals and it does not get better than this.

    "The Paralympics has come out of the Olympics' shadow so much. People have realised we are elite athletes just like the Olympians. We are getting more recognised. I just want it to continue."


    Judo silver medallist Gemma Gibbons tweets: "Will soon be boarding our float. So excited, this is our [Team GB's] way of saying thank you to you all. Thank you Great Britain."

  113. 1322: 

    There has been no shortage of praise for the efforts of Great Britain's athletes at London 2012. Here are some words from Liz Nicholl, chief executive of UK Sport:

    "The outstanding performances of ParalympicsGB athletes have rounded off a truly remarkable summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport.

    "We have a high-performance system in the United Kingdom for both Paralympic and Olympic sports which is up with the best in the world, and the achievements of ParalympicsGB athletes are a testament to careful planning, hard work and the impact of strategic investment of National Lottery and Exchequer monies."

  114. 1320: 

    BBC's Mike Hirst at The Mall: Members of the ParalympicsGB support team are taking up prime spots on The Mall to cheer their athletes on the way to Buckingham Palace.

    Jo Hipkiss, lead physiotherapist for the shooting team, said it was great to see the Paralympians honoured alongside their Olympic counterparts.

    "It's important to see them as parallel," the 37-year-old from Southampton tells the BBC. "For the first time people are seeing the Paralympics are equally as good as the Olympics."

  115. 1317: 

    Jane Dujardin, mother of dressage competitor Charlotte Dujardin who won two golds at London 2012, speaking on the BBC News Channel: "As far as I know Charlotte is on float number eight. We're looking forward to seeing her.

    "It has just been amazing, and incredible 18 months. I thought she was capable of winning gold - she's always been a winner. I had no doubt she could do it if all went to plan. She was riding an animal though, and lots of things can happen. But I had all the faith in her. Her next aim now is Rio, another four years to work towards.

    "It's sad that London 2012 has come to an end. It seems to have gone so quickly. I remember telling Charlotte to enjoy every moment because soon it will all be finished."

  116. 1314:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Olympic gold medal winning rower Kat Copeland: "I just couldn't believe it when we won. We hadn't been together for very long but it was quite pressurised.

    "Today I'm really excited to see everyone again, but also to get out and celebrate together with the public and all the Games Makers. We will celebrate together and thank everyone for helping."

  117. 1310: 

    Just under 30 minutes until the athletes' parade gets under way. Some one million people are lining the streets awaiting around 800 athletes on 21 floats for their three-mile parade through London.

    If you have not been able to get there in person then don't worry because there is live coverage available on the BBC News channel and BBC Radio 5 live.

    Gabby Logan will be presenting the live coverage of the athletes' parade on BBC One and online, with desktop users able to watch a live stream of the parade above the text commentary on this page from 1325 BST.

  118. 1307: 

    Not long now before the athletes' parade gets under way (1335 BST) and BBC News reporter Christine Jeavans has moved from Guildhall to Mansion House:

    "Among the crowds at Mansion House is Games Maker Zoe Wall, 37, finally off duty after volunteering at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

    "I've brought my little friend along," she says waving a knitted Games Maker doll which have become popular among the volunteers."

  119. 1303:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Three-time Olympian Darren Campbell reflects on the last six weeks: "It has been unbelievable, inspirational, and I think the public made these Games. Athletes will always go out and give their best, but in London the Team GB athletes found more than they knew they had inside.

    "The atmosphere became infectious and that's why we saw those magical performances. And that's why the nation is still smiling."


    Team GB hoskey player Kate Walsh tweets: "Hockey girls will be on float 12, waving like crazy and brandishing our bronze medals!!"

  121. 1258: 

    BBC's Mike Hirst at The Mall: "The Ride of the Valkyries is playing over The Mall's tannoy system - competing with the Pet Shop Boys rehearsing from the steps of the Victoria Monument. They're practising Go West - a fitting and festive tribute to Rio 2016.

    "The Games Makers are gathering in St James' Park, letting out almost inadvertent whoops and Mexican waves. Their positivity seems to have dragged the sun out from behind the clouds above the Palace and there are patches of blue sky overhead - for now."

  122. 1254: 

    The crowd is swelling at Trafalgar Square and among the people gathered there are Essex Ambassadors Liz Marlow and Cherry McCredie, who worked in their voluntary roles during the Games.

    Explaining her role during London 2012, Liz tells BBC's Ian Westbrook: "We did a lot of meeting and greeting at main entry points into the county. A lot of athletes came in through Stansted. We had one or two who got lost and one who thought he was going to the Olympics but wanted to go to Margate!"

    Cherry adds: "It was great fun being involved with our county wide programme Sparks will fly which started ahead of the torch's visit to Chelmsford so we've been at it since May."

  123. 1250: 

    It has been a few weeks now and after the brilliance of the Paralympics, you may have forgotten some of our Olympic gold medallists. Do not worry though, BBC Sport website has a quick recap video of the 29 golden moments.


    Gold medal winning boxer Nicola Adams tweets: "Going to be on float number five with the GB boxers. Yeah!"

  125. 1247:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Four-time medal winner in the pool at the Paralympics, Ellie Simmonds, thanks her supporters: "This is going to be great, after a home Games. The public have been so supportive and it will be great to be cheered on.

    "The Paralympics were amazing. Walking out and getting a massive roar from the crowd definitely gave us an edge. It made you so excited to race.

    "To come away from a home Games with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze, well I don't think I could have asked for anything better."

  126. 1242: 

    Lots of comments from British athletes coming through now as they head out for for the floats ahead of the parade, which begins at 1335 BST.

    Here is heptathlon gold medal winner Jessica Ennis, speaking to the BBC News Channel: "This is great. I'm catching up with everyone and we'll go out there today and thank the crowds. For myself and for everyone this will mean a huge deal. We've had so much support over the last few weeks, with every session filled with cheering crowds.

    "It seems really surreal I was in that Olympic Stadium competing, but it was unreal and something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I'm very proud to be British. We delivered on all levels and as an athlete I can see children have been inspired."


    Long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford tweets: "Just got onto the float! Going to be amazing!"

  128. 1238:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight boxing gold, speaking about his future ahead of the parade: "I'm looking forward to the parade. That's what I've missed from the Olympics - the crowd and the support. I've come down a bit, I'm enjoying it but I still have my feet on the ground.

    "I'm not going to turn professional in the foreseeable future. I will one day. I am just taking it one day at a time, I'm going to just enjoy today. When I get back to boxing, I will sit down and decide what I want to do."


    Jackson Sheppard on Twitter: "Super Saturday with Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah! Unreal scenes in the pub that night."

    Jack Graham on Twitter: "Gemma Gibbons winning her Judo semi-final and saying 'I love you mum' to the sky. I was almost in tears."

    Gareth Robinson on Twitter: "Favourite moment has to be Andy Murray winning the gold and running up to the box to see his mum hopefully first slam tonight."

    What was your favourite moment of London 2012? Join the discussion at #bbc2012

  130. 1232: 

    Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy on the BBC News Channel: "This is an opportunity for the athletes to thank the public. This isn't really for us, it's for them. They made these Games.

    "This was the greatest Olympic Games. Sydney was regarded as the best up to now, but I think we've taken that mantle off the Aussies, which is nice. Hopefully we've given a whole new generation of athletes the sense they can win if they work hard enough."

    On his own future, Hoy adds: "I'd love to keep going until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in two years' time. But just to stay in the team is a struggle."

  131. 1230: 

    In true British fashion, the weather has proven quite unpredictable so far today. We had a spell of rain, followed by a bit of sunshine and now it seems rain has arrived again, at least at Guildhall, where BBC News reporter Christine Jeavans reports:

    "A few spots of rain turn into more persistent drizzle. The enterprising plastic medal and flag sellers suddenly produce disposable ponchos to entice the now slightly soggy spectators waiting outside Mansion House."

  132. 1225: 

    Gabby Logan will be presenting the live coverage of the athletes' parade on BBC One and online.

  133. 1224: 

    Just over an hour now before the athletes' parade gets under way and should you wish to familiarise yourself with where the route will go, there is a map on the BBC News website.

    We have live text commentary for all the build-up and the parade itself right here, while live coverage is available on the BBC News channel and BBC Radio 5 live. From 1325 BST, desktop users can also watch a live stream of the parade at the top of this very page. Options galore.

  134. 1219: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald: "One street where there is some space from the crowds? The Mall.

    "Outside Buckingham Palace, the final destination, it's just the organisers and performers for the show on the Queen Victoria Monument later making last moves. Katherine Jenkins is belting out the National Anthem as barriers are being shunted about on tractors. A military band is playing.

    "It's not looking too celebratory. Yet."

  135. 1215: 

    Team GB double gold medallist Mo Farah on the BBC News Channel: "The last few weeks have been hectic. I've been really busy, and I've had two little, beautiful girls. People have been congratulating me as I walk down the street. Brilliant.

    "What an Olympics we had. When we won the bid who would have thought it would have turned out like this? It couldn't have gone any better. We've come back to London one last time to say thank-you to people. I'm looking forward to mixing with everyone.

    "An Olympics have never gone as well as this in any country. But we need to leave something behind. Hopefully we can give back something, lift people and point them in the right direction. This Olympics should leave good memories in people's heads. We need to help children get into sport."

  136. 1211: 

    Lots of activity now at Guildhall, where BBC News reporter Christine Jeavans is watching as Great Britain's athletes arrive ahead of this afternoon's parade, which begins at 1335 BST:

    "Olympic and Paralympic athletes are streaming into Guildhall now. They pause to sign giant flags bearing Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos, which will be auctioned for charity."

  137. 1206: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope: "Just outside Buckingham Palace where BBC TV and radio crews are currently doing their sound checks and set-ups.

    "Crowds are gathering in the surrounding parks and even a little sun sneaking through the clouds after the sporadic showers of the last hour. There is a good atmosphere here and I think everyone's ready for one last party."

  138. 1204: 

    Team GB track cyclist Victoria Pendleton, speaking to BBC's sport news correspondent Dan Roan on the BBC News Channel: "Seeing the support, especially for the Paralympic Games, made me so proud. We train as one team. I'm proud to be part of the home team and proud of all the guys and girls.

    "Last night I was quite sad, actually, knowing this stretch of time is over. But I feel really blessed to have been a part of it, though I'm so looking forward to just being a spectator in Rio."

    Pendleton, who retired from cycling after London 2012, also revealed that she will be taking part in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, which begins on Saturday 15 September.


    Team GB gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase tweets: "Less then two hours until the parade kicks off! Who is out there already? Going to be a great day!"

  140. 1155: 

    BBC News reporter Claire Heald: "Central London is buzzing. You can feel it as soon as you step out onto the streets around the Parade route. Best spots are nabbed well before the parade hits this part of town. Even the sun is poking through the clouds now - they did remember to book the weather for this last hurrah then.

    At the top of the Duke of York steps, huge numbers of Olympic and Paralympic volunteers are ready to go down to The Mall.

    A Games Makers' choir that came together during the Games is practising Hey Jude and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. "You can feel the atmosphere coming right up already," says volunteer Ann Kennedy from Middlesex.


    BBC Radio 5 live presenter Mark Pougatch tweets: "Floats ready to go from Guildhall in central London..."

  142. 1149: 

    Team GB Olympic platform diver bronze medallist Tom Daley is at the parade and has been speaking to Dan Roan on the BBC News Channel: "The last few weeks have, for me, been about relaxing since competition. But last week I was back to school and back to training.

    "Today is all about getting that final little bit of Olympic buzz, because after today there will be no more London 2012."

  143. 1146: 

    Of course, not all of Great Britain's London 2012 athletes are able to attend today's parade.

    Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is in Nottingham, where the second stage of the Tour of Britain has got under way.

    "We've got our own parade to do this week so, you know, this is our day job," he says. "We don't have the beauty of having a year off now because the cycling calendar is still going on. It would have been nice to have been there with the rest of the team, but I think we're all enjoying it this week."


    Team GB handball player Mark Hawkins tweets: "Back with the boys, chilling, waiting to go on our parade through London!"

  145. 1140: 

    The threat of rain is not stopping people from coming out to show their support for Great Britain's athletes, though.

    Lynne and John Stevenson, who have travelled down from Bradford, are outside St Paul's and on the BBC News Channel: "We've been here since 8 o'clock this morning and we were at the closing ceremony last night. We set off yesterday morning from Bradford by coach. The closing ceremony was a wonderful experience.

    "We're most looking forward to seeing the Yorkshire athletes! They breed 'em tough and strong up North! And there's nobody who puts a show on like the British do. Well done to all."

  146. 1136: 

    As BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar alluded to earlier, there have been a few drops of rain over London this morning. Still a bit of time before the parade gets under way, just under two hours to be precise, so time yet for clouds to move on...hopefully.

    BBC News reporter Christine Jeavans, outside Guildhall, says: "Has summer really ended? It seems so as the skies turn gloomy and a few spots of rain fall outside Guildhall.

    "Members of the public have been sent away from this area now, where before long the Team GB and ParalympicsGB sportsmen and women will start to board floats for the parade. Hopefully the sun will return by then."

  147. 1130: 

    Two young Team GB fans are in Trafalgar Square and on the BBC News Channel: "We've come from Southampton. Everybody here is talking to everyone else and we're having a brilliant time down here. This is just brilliant."


    Jamie Layton on Twitter: "When Alistair and Jonathon Brownlee came home to take Gold and Bronze. Just two scraggy brothers from Yorkshire taking on the world."

    Uwais Lorgat on Twitter: "This summer of sport has been amazingly hard to pin one great moment. All good things come to an end sadly."

    Laura Tock on Twitter: "Luke Campbell winning the old medal and dedicating it to everyone in his home city of Hull! Very proud!"

    What was your most memorable London 2012 moment? Join the debate, via #bbclondon2012 on Twitter.

  149. 1123:  
    Gordon Farquhar, BBC Sport

    "Oh dear, it seems to be raining on our parade..."

  150. 1120: 

    Christine Jeavans of BBC News is outside Guildhall, where Great Britain's athletes are currently gathered for a bit of breakfast ahead of this afternoon's parade:

    "Outside Guildhall, a band of autograph hunters are calling out to the athletes. Ann Foster from Lowestoft has garnered Andy Turner, Christine Ohuruogu, Peter Norfolk and Dwain Chambers.

    "We couldn't get Games tickets and it drove us nuts," she says. "We always go to Crystal Palace and absolutely love it.

    "We got opening ceremony tickets and came down yesterday for this," she adds before dashing off to catch Goldie Sayers."

  151. 1115: 

    The last night of sport at London 2012 coincided with the BBC's Last Night of the Proms on Saturday and it was a night full of Olympic tributes. One particular highlight was Olympians taking to the stage to sing Rule Britannia, which you can watch on the BBC You Tube channel.

  152. 1108: 

    Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott were absent from England's final training session this morning ahead of tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley.

    The duo trained yesterday but complained of feeling unwell overnight and did not participate in the session at Arsenal's London Colney training complex.

    Meanwhile, 6,500 London 2012 volunteers have been sold tickets for tomorrow's game at the reduced price of £20.12 while at half-time, 15 GB medallists will be presented to the crowd.

  153. 1102: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking outside 10 Downing Street ahead of the athletes' parade: "I just want to say what a golden summer of British sport and what a golden summer for this country as a whole.

    "The Olympics and the Paralympics has given us all a tremendous lift and memories we will be talking about for generations to come. I believe it will be something like 1966, something that we will tell our children and then their children about for years to come.

    "I think there is something we can take from this and that is you need to have confidence - confidence that you can take on and be the best and I think we have done that.

    "This summer has brought this country together. Of course when this is all over some of that spirit will fade a little, but we will always have that feeling of what we can be and that spirit we must cling on to for the time ahead."

  154. 1100: 

    Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, on the BBC News Channel: "What happens next is that the Olympic Park has to be rearranged and dismantled and turned into its long-term use. We have the Village with athletes apartments that didn't have kitchens in, so we now have 3,000 kitchens to install over the next year. People are going to live in them in the future.

    "If I'm honest I thought there were things that could have gone wrong which in fact didn't go wrong. We were always nervous about transport in London, for example, but actually the transport has been fantastic in every regard. The weather was wonderful, and that helped.

    "I though the mood in the Park was absolutely fabulous. I enjoyed being in there looking at people enjoying themselves and enjoying the sport."

  155. 1051: 

    Sunday night saw the curtain brought down on the Paralympics in spectacular fashion. If you missed any of it, the BBC News website has a superb picture gallery that captures the best moments.

  156. 1048: 

    Christine Jeavans of BBC News is outside London's Guildhall as Great Britain's athletes arrive for their morning reception:

    Among the athletes arriving at the Guildhall are riders Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester.

    Fans make a beeline as they get out their medals, four golds and a bronze between them.

    Hester says he expects the parade to be "three hours of non-stop entertainment." He adds: "It's great to all come back together, it's really exciting.

    "We're on a float with the divers - and I've never met any of them so it's going to be brilliant."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Helen Glover, who won gold with Heather Stanning in the women's pairs rowing, speaking about winning Great Britain's first gold at London 2012: "We were getting a sense of when is the gold medal going to come. We never expected it to come from us. It is a good little stat that we won the first gold medal for GB at London 2012. It makes it a little more special.

    "We did not know how big this was going to be. It could not have been any bigger. It is really emotional for Heather and myself, and when that extends that to people you don't know, and they come up and say 'you made me cry', it's really special."

  158. 1044: 

    The 70,000 Games Makers have, quite rightly, been showered in praise for their work during the Olympics and Paralympics.

    Clad in their purple and red uniform, the volunteers have been an iconic sight throughout the Olympic Park and sport venues over the last month, working as assistants, transport and medical support.

    "It has been just amazing, people have been coming up to me on the Tube and thanking me and hugging me," Emma, one of the Games Makers at The Mall for today's athletes parade, told the BBC News Channel.

  159. 1039: 

    With 29 Team GB gold medallists at the Olympics, there has been much discussion surrounding who, or perhaps whether all, should be recognised in the New Year Honours list.

    Well, late last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced Britain's Olympians and Paralympians are to get their own honours list that will reflect the scale of achievement by British athletes.

    Arise, Sir Bradley Wiggins?


    Laura Robson, who won silver with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles, on Twitter: "As the wise Barbara Streisand once said, don't rain on my parade.."

  161. 1032: 

    Up to one million people are expected at the London 2012 parade, which would exceed the estimated crowds of 750,000 who saw the Ashes victory celebrations in 2005 and the 2003 Rugby World Cup parade.

    A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "Anyone wishing to come and watch the parade and show their support to the team is advised to spread out along the entire route. Trafalgar Square will be a natural draw for crowds, but space there is limited."

  162. 1028: 

    Sarah Storey - 11-time Paralympic cycling gold medallist and winner of four golds at London 2012 - told BBC Sport: "I have had so many messages of support from home and we hope that support will continue in the dark winter months when we are back in training. I went to Barcelona in 1992 as a 14-year-old swimmer and, since then, Paralympic sport has evolved and been embraced by the wider public as a whole and it has been great to be part of the journey and seen the changes.

    "People are now starting to see Paralympics as elite sport and not seeing it with disability, impairment levels or anything like that, and seeing world record after world record."


    You have been busy discussing your London 2012 highlights:

    Tony Gilmour on Twitter: "Mo Farah, in disciplines dominated by African nations, to come from where he was mentally and physically four or five years ago. Amazing."

    Wheatley on Twitter: "Best Olympic moment? Tim Henman's 'woohoo!' as Andy Murray won the gold. When Muzza serves an ace down the middle, I now hear that."

    Thomas Clements on Twitter: "This amazing summer and the euphoria it has produced is our generation's 'Dunkirk spirit'. Legacy."

    Join the debate via #bbc2012 on Twitter.

  164. 1018: 

    London 2012 brought a tear to many people's eyes, not just moving moments but the occasional dose of hilarity. BBC Sport takes an off-beat look at some of the funny and unusual occurances from London 2012.

  165. 1014: 

    An area along The Mall, overlooking the parade finish, has been reserved for ticket-holders who made "an invaluable contribution to the Games and the success of our athletes", including 14,000 volunteers, members of the emergency services, military personnel, competitors' coaches, support staff, family and friends, as well as schoolchildren from every London borough.

    Dan Roan, BBC Sport

    Six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy arrives for a pre-parade reception at Guildhall in the City...

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tom Daley, speaking about his Olympic experience and the aftermath following his bronze medal in the 10m individual diving: "It was a dream come through really: you work hard your whole life and to have something to show for it makes it worthwhile.

    "I have been on holiday and I went back to school and training last week. I had two weeks off relaxing but it has also been crazy with media stuff. It is good to be back in the pool. This is the hardest part of the four-year cycle as you have to get back into it. Everyone starts again from scratch."

  168. 1010: 

    Christine Jeavans of BBC News is on the parade route several hours early and reports the crowds have started to congregate:

    A small but growing group of fans, wrapped in union jacks, is gathering outside Mansion House where the parade is due to start in a few hours' time. Christine Gammons from Folkestone has been here since 0700. "This is history, we're not going to see this again, it's all been amazing," she says. "How are we going to cope without it?"

    Fellow early birds Donna and Peter Wyatt travelled up from Weston super Mare by coach yesterday. They came just for the parade but have had a whirlwind 24 hours, catching David Weir in the marathon and then bumping into Oscar Pistorius. "I held his medal," says Donna proudly. "This is the icing on the cake to a brilliant summer," she adds, saying she expects to lose her voice today. "That'll be a bonus," chuckles Peter.

  169. 1004: 

    Later today in London a big screen with live commentary, at the base of Nelson's Column near the end of the route in Trafalgar Square, is expected to attract hundreds of fans cheering on the athletes.


    Team GB 110m hurdler Lawrence Clarke, who came fourth in his event at London 2012, tweets: "Forgot how much attention one gets in the Team GB kit on the tube..."

  171. 0959: 

    While we are celebrating our success today, it was not just Team GB who had a good Games. The United States topped the medal table with 46 golds - their best performance in an overseas Olympics. And swimming legend Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time as he increased his career tally to 22 medals. What a performer, and the Olympics will be a poorer place without him.

  172. 0955: 

    There has, rightly, been a fair degree of Jess Ennis and Mo Farah mania, but do not overlook the fact that British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy became the most successful British Olympian ever this summer, adding another two golds to his previous four. He has also one silver medal to his name.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Will Bayley, who won bronze as part of Great Britain's men's 6-8 class table tennis team, speaking about the impact of the Paralympics: "It was amazing, really good. If the support at the parade is anything like the public that have got behind the Paralympics it will be amazing. I did not expect it to be anything like this.

    "It will change the Paralympics forever. I think the opening ceremony and the passion from the fans has changed everything I thought about the Paralympics."

  174. 0947: 

    Great Britain has enjoyed an unprecedented summer of sport in 2012.

    Not only did the biggest multi-sport events on the planet - the Olympics and Paralympics - come to these shores, packed into a crammed calendar alongside such regular treats as Wimbledon and the Open Championship, but there was a first-ever British Tour de France winner, a Test series between the top two teams in the world and England began life under a new manager at football's European Championships.

    On the day British Olympic and Paralympic stars take part in the victory parade, join BBC Sport in reliving some of the moments that have made the summer so memorable.


    Former Paralympic wheelchair racing champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on the BBC News Channel: "The parade is a great way for Britain to say goodbye to the Olympics and Paralympics.

    "There's been a massive change in the attitude towards disabled athletes - people are talking about their sporting achievement. It may not change the whole of the world but it will have a really positive effect."


    Team GB discus thrower Daniel Greaves on Twitter: "En route to the Victory Parade through London Town.. Who's coming to watch the bling?"

  177. 0938: 

    In the Paralympics, Great Britain finished the 2012 Games with 120 medals, 18 more than in Beijing four years ago.

    ParalympicsGB finished third in the medal table behind China and Russia with 34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze. The tally was 17 more than UK Sport had targeted, a real achievement.


    You're all discussing your highlights from the last six weeks of London 2012, and why:

    Boycee on Twitter: "Without a shadow of doubt, the hour of athletics on the Saturday night. Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah. Awesome!"

    Andy Lambert on Twitter: "The roar of the crowd will be an everlasting memory. I feel honoured! London 2012 proved we are a great nation!"

    Jason Richings on Twitter: "For me, Mo Farah was amazing. But the pure outbreak of emotion from Gemma Gibbons in the judo was a greater moment."

    Have your say and join the discussion, via #bbc2012 on Twitter.

  179. 0931: 

    There were 44 world records and 117 Olympic records set during the 16 days of the London Olympics. Remarkable.

  180. 0926: 

    The route for today's London 2012 Athletes Parade is straight down The Strand. It's divided into two sections: the opening stretch and the majority of the route is open to the general public, but the finale through Green Park is a ticketed area with access too for volunteers and other guests.

    But should you watch the procession on the the BBC News Channel you'll be able to enjoy such London landmarks as Somerset House, Trafalgar Square and the Queen Victoria Memorial, where the parade culminates.


    Team GB heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis tweets: "On my way down to the parade! Really excited, its going to be a great day!"

  182. 0917: 

    Kelly Holmes praises the Paralympics closing ceremony which took place on Sunday night - and well she might.

    It was a fiery finale to the Greatest Sporting Party on the Planet and, with help from the likes of Coldplay, pop star Rihanna and rapper Jay-Z, it handed the baton over to Rio 2016.

    Read all about the highlights of the performance on the BBC News website.


    Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic gold medallist at Athens 2004, on BBC Breakfast: "I went to the closing of the Paras last night which was outstanding. I haven't had much sleep because of the excitement. And now I'm down here this morning, to wave at all the floats and athletes as they go past!

    "Today the Olympic athletes will be reuniting with their teammates. having not seen each other since the Village.

    "It's fantastic day. I remember coming back in 2004 and travelling to London. It's a shame it's a Monday though, so the schoolkids can't come down.

    "We've never seen anything like this. We as a country have set the Olympic bar so high now that the rest of the countries looking to stage the Games will look at us."

  184. 0905: 

    More than 90% of Britain's medal-winners from the Olympics and Paralympics are due to appear on the streets of London today.

    From 13:30 BST on Monday, about 800 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes - including Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock - are set to travel on 21 open-top floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport, for what is being called "The Greatest Team Parade".

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford speaking about his winning moment which was part of a dramatic 45 minutes where Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah both won gold in the Olympic Stadium: "It's one of those once in a lifetime opportunities and fortunately all three of us took that opportunity. We knew Jess [Ennis] was going to win as she was incredible and put herself in a great position. Mo [Farah] was also in great shape and I thought I could go out and do something.

    "I just can't believe I was a part of it. I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real. The way the whole competition fell for me was really strange. I couldn't believe nobody else was challenging. It was an amazing night."

  186. 0857: 

    Remember Saturday 4 August? Of course you do. 'Super Saturday' will be remembered as the best day in the history of British athletics and one of the most dramatic 45 minutes of sport this country has ever witnessed:

    Jessica Ennis went into the final event of the heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium with a 188-point lead so the 800m was more of a two-lap coronation for the face of Team GB.

    Moments later Greg Rutherford jumped 8.31m which was enough to take Britain's first long jump gold since Lynn Davies at Tokyo 1964.

    The Olympic Stadium was whipped into a frenzy, but it got even more special when Mo Farahwas roared round the 25 laps to take gold in the 10,000m.


    Helen Glover, who alongside Heather Stanning won the women's pair at London 2012 and claimed the first gold medals for Team GB, on BBC Breakfast: "It feels a really long time ago, but it's been a real whirlwind. Some days it feels like it's all sunk in, but sometimes it doesn't.

    "I still feel quite detached from being an Olympic champion, and it'll take some time for me to call myself one."


    London 2012 Team GB hockey player Nicola White tweets: "Early start with [Team GB sprint kayaker] Louisa Sawers on our way to #ourgreatestteam parade.... no seats on the train :0("

    Someone allow those Olympians to sit down! It's only courteous after all their efforts...

  189. 0846: 

    If you're enjoying Sportsday Live on a desktop you can now refresh the page to sample video of every British gold at the Olympics.

    To watch ParalympicsGB's success stories, visit the website of rights holder Channel 4.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Britain's bantamweight gold medallist Luke Campbell speaking about the success of the boxing team at London 2012: "There was a team of 10 and we got five medals. The atmosphere at the boxing was phenomenal. Going out for the first fight there was a lot of nerves and going out to the crowd was such an experience. As it went on I got used to the crowd and used it to my advantage. I've trained so hard all my life to achieve the Olympic dream and now I'm just enjoying."

  191. 0841: 

    So, here's a wee itinerary for the day ahead:

    In 20 minutes or so, hundreds Great Britain's athletes will start arriving at the Guildhall neat St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England for a reception. ParalympicsGB will arrive straight from the Olympic Park while Team GB will arrive individually.

    We expect to hear from some of those invited around 1130 BST, then preparations for the parade begin in earnest.

    The procession should begin at 1330 BST, departing Mansion House and journeying all over central London. If you can get there, it should be well worth it.


    London 2012 1500m finalist and Team GB member Laura Weightman tweets: "Brilliant closing ceremony last night. Where has the last six weeks gone!? I can't believe that it is all over, what an incredible summer!

    "Volunteers for London 2012 made the Games - they should wear their uniforms with pride on Monday."

  193. 0830: 

    Great Britain's athletes have been backed to improve on their Paralympic medal haul at Rio 2016.

    GB finished the 2012 Games with 120 medals, 18 more than in Beijing four years ago.

    "Fifty-four of our medallists are 22 or under," said Penny Briscoe, performance director of the British Paralympic Association.

    "A significant number of under-18 and under-21s won really significant medals. It all bodes well for Rio."


    Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, who won bronze in the women's uneven bars, on BBC Breakfast: "There's been a massive sense of relief since the Games. It's been crazy, but a good crazy. I had a homecoming in my village - they've named a street after me!

    "I've been back in the gym since the Olympics, just keeping my body in shape. I've not decided yet what I'm quite dong. I'll have a talk with my coach.

    "Today is the one last thing we are going to do as Team GB, and it's going to be great to meet up with all the athletes and say 'thank you' to the crowds.

    "After this I'm going to go on holiday with my mum, dad and boyfriend!"

  195. 0823: 

    Recall the success Team GB enjoyed at the Olympics, as Great Britain finished third in the medal table behind USA and China with 65 medals, 18 more than in Beijing with 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze. That included 10 more gold medals than in 2008, an extraordinary achievement exceeding all expectations.

  196. 0818: 

    There are souvenir pull-outs galore in the national newspapers. The Daily Telegraph features two Paralympic sections and calls the last six weeks of sporting action 'The Summer of Love'.

    The Times hails London 2012 as "the finest celebration of humanity in a quarter-of-a-million years of our existence" while the Guardian bids "goodbye to Britain's golden summer" as The Independent declares "there is a flame that will never go out".

    In the tabloids, the Sun simply says "We Loved It" while the Daily Star roars "Flaming Fantastic" on its front page. The Daily Mirror says the Paralympics went "out in a blaze of glory" crowning wheelchair racer David "Weir the Greatest" after the Londoner won his fourth gold of the Games in the marathon on Sunday.

    The Daily Mail suggests the closing ceremony was "A heartfelt farewell" reflecting the heart of fire that was created in the Olympic Stadium while the Daily Express says it was "all over in a blaze of glory".

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Individual 4km pursuit bronze medallist Jody Cundy on the legacy of the Paralympics: "People watched it not for disability but for the sport. The legacy from that is people will know more about sport and disability.

    "I'm fortunate enough in the fact that I'm only missing a foot and competed with able bodied athletes. If you can't get access to wheelchairs then it will hinder your inspirations. Hopefully these Games will change people's opinions in regards to disability."

  198. 0811: 

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympian and Paralympics pundit, on BBC Breakfast: "I've never seen so many British supporters wearing red, white and blue. Any time a Team GB athlete won a medal the sound of God Save the Queen rang out.

    "Today is our final chance to celebrate the Games."


    It's been hard to take it all in, and it may be harder still to rake over the highs and lows of the last six weeks and pick a single highlight... but that's what we're asking you to do today.

    Chip in with your fondest recollections of London 2012. Who or what is it, and why? A name, a moment, an emotion, an action-packed 10 minutes? Share it with us all, via #bbc2012 on Twitter.

  200. 0806: 

    Wonder at the athletes who are now household names and yet just two months ago were known only to devotees of track, field and water:

    Greg Rutherford, Ellie Simmonds, Jonnie Peacock, Helen Glover, Jody Cundy, Beth Tweddle, Jason Kenny, David Weir, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott, Alistair Brownlee and on and on and on.

    And almost all are expected to be aboard a float today, waving at and celebrating with the thousands expected to flock to the streets of London.

  201. 0802: 

    It's been a medal-tastic summer for British sport: 34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze for the hosts... and that's just the Paralympians.

  202. 0800: 

    Good morning, and welcome to a very special edition of Sportsday Live.

    Throughout today athletes from Team GB and ParalympicsGB will parade through central London, and already the crowds are starting to mass as the sporting world looks back on six weeks of phenomenal, seminal, memorable sporting action.

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