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Jessica Ennis-Hill to wave goodbye at GB heroes parade in Manchester

Jessica Ennis-Hill to wave goodbye at GB heroes parade in Manchester
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Heptathlon legend Jessica Ennis-Hill is expected to attend the Manchester homecoming parade for the Rio 2016 heroes

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to have the chance to bid farewell to fans on Monday as Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes converge on Manchester to celebrate their Rio 2016 achievements.

Ennis-Hill retired from athletics last week at the age of 30 having this summer won heptathlon silver in Brazil to go with her gold from London four years ago.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to appear in public for the first time since announcing her retirement from athletics

The two-time former world champion is now poised to make her first public appearance since calling time on her career as hundreds of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes take to the streets of Manchester city centre.

The event in Manchester is the first of back-to-back ‘heroes parades’ to toast Great Britain’s phenomenal success in Rio, with the second celebration being held in London on Tuesday.

Both British squads finished second in their respective medal tables at this summer’s Games.

Members of the Paralympics GB Team show their medals on flight back home

Team GB collected 27 golds among their medal total of 67 – two more than from London 2012 – for their best-ever haul from an overseas Olympics. The ParalympicsGB squad, meanwhile, returned from South America with 147 medals, including 64 golds. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out for today’s parade, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm and will last around an hour as it travels through Manchester city centre before finishing at an event in Albert Square.

Olympic champion Nicola Adams defended her flyweight title in Rio

The athletes, which are set to include the likes of Nicola Adams, Max Whitlock and the Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonny, will then travel down to London for another celebration on Tuesday.

That will be held in Trafalgar Square from 1pm and is set to last around 90 minutes, with athletes on stage, music and entertainment.

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