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Vicky Thornley takes part in Team GB heroes Parade after Olympic success
18th October 2016

A former Rydal Penrhos pupil joined her Team GB teammates on a special heroes parade through Manchester.

Rower Vicky Thornley, together with her partner Kathy Grainger, were situated on float 10 during the parade, which took place on Monday, October 17 and drew more than 150,000 to the city.

Speaking at the time, Thornley said: “I am so thankful to Katherine because she did such a great job.

“It was quite a big head wind. I am not sure what happened in the end where it just got a bit tight or whatever.

“You think about the last 100 metres but a silver medal is pretty nice.”

The parade to celebrate achievements during Rio 2016 featured a host of stars including Jade Jones, Jess Ennis-Hill and Max Whitlock.

The procession started at the Museum of Science and Industry and ended in Albert Square where 400 athletes gathered on stage.

Team GB set an Olympic record in Rio 2016 by winning 67 medals - two more than they managed at London 2012.

Singer Rebecca Ferguson and Kaiser Chiefs performed live to the crowds in Albert Square, where the parade ended.

Speaking to the BBC, Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "We couldn't be more thrilled to host the national parade."

"The city has been a medal factory, pumping out golds as the home of British Cycling and British Taekwondo."

Thornley tweeted her appreciation to the fans, saying: “Manchester, you were amazing!”

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