Celebratory events marking the achievements of British Olympians and Paralympians at Rio 2016 will be held in Manchester and London on October 17 and 18 respectively, it has been announced.
Athletes who competed for the country at the Paralympics returned home from Rio de Janeiro yesterday having finished second on the medal table with a haul of 147, 64 of which were gold.
Team GB’s Olympic competitors achieved a total of 67 medals, surpassing the 65 they won at London 2012.
Their performance saw them become the first-ever nation to better their medal haul at a Games that immediately follows a home Olympics.
A vast amount of the British public had called for homecoming victory parades to be held for those who represented the nation in the Brazilian city at both the Olympics and Paralympics following their impressive showing at the events.
Exact details of the two celebrations have not yet been revealed, though the event in Manchester will take place first before London plays host to similar festivities the following day.
Further information is expected to be revealed in the near future.
"This will be a very proud moment for all Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes and rich reward for such fantastic efforts at the recent Games in Rio," Britain’s Olympic Chef de Mission Mark England said.
"We appreciate the invitation from Her Majesty's Government and have no doubt Manchester and London's celebrations will be a fitting tribute and culmination of an incredible last couple of months."
A number of athletes put in star performances for Britain at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny were among the heroes at the Olympics, along with Mo Farah, winner of the the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres double for the second Games in a row, and the women’s hockey team, who stunned reigning champions The Netherlands with a shootout victory in the final.
At the Paralympics, Dame Sarah Storey became Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian as she finished the event having clinched her 14th Paralympic gold medal.
T34 wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, Kadeena Cox - who won gold on the track and in the Velodrome - T44 sprinter Jonnie Peacock, equestrian legend Lee Pearson and table tennis player Will Bayley also shone for the nation.
“The ParalympicsGB team have delivered an amazing, awe-inspiring performance in Rio at this Paralympic Games," ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said.
"We have had the most competitive team at the most competitive Games resulting in second place on the medal table with 147 medals, 64 of those gold.
"We know those performances have excited and energised the public back home and so it is right and fitting that in both Manchester and London the athletes will receive a welcome from those cities and the public can see some of their heroes back on home soil.
"We believe that the performances of our athletes help to inspire a better world for disabled people."