Thousands line the streets for Royals victory parade

Published: 29 Apr 2012 15:154 comments

THOUSANDS of people braved driving rain to line the streets for the Royals Championship victory parade today (Sunday).

Fans gathered in Reading town centre from as early as 11am to cheer on Brian McDermott and his entire squad and playing staff when they passed through the streets in two open top double decker buses.

Chants of "We are Premier League, say we are Premier League!" and "URZ!" rang out as the convoy set off from Friar Street at 12.30pm passing Blagrave Street, Valpy Street, The Forbury, Market Place, High Street, London Street, Silver Street, Whitley Street, Basingstoke Road, Bennett Road and up the A33 to the Madejski Stadium.

Adoring fans lined the route honking horns, blowing whistles and waving blue and white flags and scarves as the players - many sheltering under umbrellas - held the Championship trophy aloft and waved back at the fans.

Liz Leighton from Whitley who watched from outside the Town Hall said: "I don't care if it's raining, windy or snowing, I'll do anything to support the team - I love them and I blew Sir John a kiss as they passed."

Thousands more gathered at the stadium to welcome the team at 2.30pm before Football League chairman Dave Clarke presented the Championship trophy and individual winners medals.

The afternoon was rounded off the naming of the Player of the Season and a lap of honour.

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  • Automne
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    Apr 29, 15:38
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    Nice to see the Monk's Retreat featuring so prominently in the picture. No doubt another drunken all-dayer for Reading's future stars of liver failure. At times like this one must concur with Rob Wilson's stanza on the town's drinking problem/s. And yet our superior mindset aka Reading Borough Council close down a kebab joint as opposed to the root cause of the problem; too many boozers. Hypocrisy; STILL the greatest luxury. On a plus point without any jobs for students to leave University/College for a cheap shant heralds their only future does it not?

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  • Jonnie T
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    Apr 29, 16:44
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    Got soaked to the bone watching in Friar Street, but totally worth it to get so close to the players! We are Premier League!

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  • Eternity
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    Apr 29, 17:05
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    Jonnie, they aren't omnipotent and have the same legs, arms, brain matter as you, you and well, you. But yes it is good to have something to hold onto in this limited context of overpaid primma donnas whilst Eleanor Coneybeare walks her first steps on artificial leg. They should be having a victory parade for her other than a bunch of (again with the) overpaid media fodder. What is wrong with this picture? Other than everything.

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  • dickemery
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    Apr 30, 03:34
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    great day for all be watching live from asia tv next season the big question now have they or havent they done the deat have the doggy russian put the dosh on the table or is there another issue we wait and learn ?

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