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Rio heroes given warm Yorkshire welcome at Leeds homecoming parade

Crowds in Leeds Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Large crowds watched as the open-top buses toured the city

The achievements of Yorkshire's Olympic and Paralympic athletes were recognised by large crowds in Leeds.

The Rio Heroes homecoming event saw athletes from across Yorkshire take a tour of the city centre in open-top buses ahead of a civic reception.

Organisers estimate around 30,000 people gathered to watch the parade.

Athletes taking part included triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, diver Jack Laugher and Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox.

The athletes described the event as an unbelievable experience.

Olympic rower Andrew Triggs-Hodge tweeted: "What a great day! In the county you love, sharing the sheer joy of a gold medal! Loving it!"

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Image caption Rio gold medal-winning rowers Paul Bennett and Andrew Triggs Hodge were in attendance
Image caption Jonny Brownlee said: "To be on an open-top bus around the streets of Leeds with all those thousands of people cheering is very special."
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Image caption Street performers and marching bands joined the buses on the tour of the city
Image caption Bronze-medal gymnast Nile Wilson was happy to do some stunts on a bus
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Image caption Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft was happy to show off her medals to the large crowd
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Image caption Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Widsom, who trains in Leeds, joined Paralympian Kadeena Cox and British divers Jack Laugher and Freddie Woodward

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