A homecoming parade to celebrate Team GB’s Olympic athletes should be held away from London and possibly in Manchester, the home of British Cycling.
That is the view from a number of leading politicians who are unified in their calls for the capital city not to be awarded the host city of such a parade, as it was in 2012 after the London Games.
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Due to the success of Britain’s cyclists, who won six gold medals, Labour’s Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham says that it is only right a parade should be held in the city that has nurtured the country’s most successful sport.
“I think it needs to feel like it is the whole country that is celebrating. It is a decision for the council but I think it would be a great idea,” he said.
“The cycling team has set the standard for Team GB and has given the rest of the team the momentum to succeed.
“I think it would be fitting to hold it in Manchester because of the contribution of the Velodrome and Sport City. Greater Manchester is the sporting capital of the country and we want to cement that.”
Fellow Labour politican Tessa Jowell said that an event ought to be held in another part of the UK. “There should certainly be a parade but the question is whether it should be in London or another part of the country,” the former shadow minister for the Olympics said.
“We don’t necessarily want to insist that every moment of national celebration is held in London. What about Birmingham? What about Manchester? Hull will be the city of culture.”
There have been some suggestions that there won’t even be a parade, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind one happening in London.