One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Parade For Team GB Sailors
Members of the Team GB sailing team will take part in a parade through Weymouth and Portland on an open top bus to celebrate their success in the London 2012 sailing events.
Members of the sailing team will travel through the borough on Weymouth Carnival Day, Wednesday 15 August, to thank fans for their tremendous support throughout the Games.
The athletes will start their celebratory open top bus parade from Osprey Quay and will travel through Fortuneswell, arriving at the first viewing point at Portland Heights for 3.30pm.
At 4.15pm they will then travel to Weymouth through Victoria Square onto Wyke Regis for approximately 5pm, before travelling along Buxton Road, Rodwell Avenue and into Hope Square.
The Team GB celebratory bus parade will culminate with a tour of Weymouth Seafront from the Pavilion to Lodmoor at 6.20pm; ahead of the traditional Weymouth Carnival procession.
Lindsey Bell of the Royal Yachting Association, said: “We would like to thank the residents and visitors to Weymouth and Portland for their amazing support, the likes of which we've never seen at an Olympic sailing event before.
"It was fantastic to see the crowds turning up to cheer on the athletes and their support really pushed the sailors to achieve their best and they couldn’t have done it without them."
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Cllr Ian Bruce said: “Huge congratulations go out to the Team GB sailors. We are delighted to have such amazing athletes in our borough.
"The 2012 Olympic sailing events have put Weymouth and Portland on the map. We have had fantastic local, national and global coverage of the area and we hope that everyone who has seen our wonderful borough on the TV will come to the area in the future.
"I know all the residents and visitors in Weymouth and Portland will want to come down to the seafront and show their support on Wednesday and make this the best Olympic celebration and Carnival ever.
"Team GB sailors we salute you – you are awesome.”
Lots of events will be happening throughout Weymouth Carnival Day on Wednesday 15 August.
Roger Hogbin, Carnival Chairman said: “The organisers of Weymouth Carnival are delighted that members of the GB sailing team have agreed to hold a celebratory parade during the Carnival along Weymouth Esplanade.
"The Carnival organisers are pleased to assist with the arrangements to enable the people of Weymouth the opportunity to congratulate the team and allow us all to join in their celebrations.”
For more information visit www.weymouthcarnival2012.co.uk
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