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Congratulations to everyone from Team GB from Net Sixty Six SEO

John Dalton Street

John Dalton Street, late lunchtime: the Showsec team fitting the crowd control barriers for tonight’s celebrations of Team GB. All of this is happening on our doorstep. No, really.

Something amazing is happening a few yards from our office. Something of great historic importance for the city of Manchester as well as Team GB. From 4.30pm today, Manchester will play host to Team GB’s Homecoming Parade. The whole parade is set to take an hour to complete, from the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield, to Albert Square via Manchester Cathedral and the Arndale Centre.

Sandwiched between Deansgate and Albert Square is our humble abode on John Dalton Street. To borrow a 1985 Manchester City Council advertising slogan, we are “right at the heart of things”. We at Net Sixty Six would like to congratulate each and everyone at Team GB. It would be rude not to, as the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hall, the Brownlee brothers and Ellie Simmonds will almost be on our doorstep.

The Parade Route

Team GB Heroes Parade mapThe whole parade will start at 4.30 pm outside the Museum of Science and Industry. It is likely to pass the junction of Deansgate and John Dalton Street fifteen minutes later. The parade finishes at 5.30 pm at Albert Square.

The celebration of Team GB’s achievements will continue beyond half past five with a free concert. Headlining will be Leeds’ very own Kaiser Chiefs. They were elevated to the top of the bill as Olly Murs dropped out due to unforeseeable circumstances. Also present on the stage at Albert Square will be Helen Skelton, who co-presented the Rio Games.

Who to see

Likely to be in attendance today will be:

  • The now-retired Olympic champion, Jessica Ennis-Hill;
  • Nicola Adams, Gold Medal winning flyweight boxer;
  • Ellie Simmonds, five times Gold medal winning Paralympic swimmer;
  • Gold Medal winning cyclists Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Owain Doull;
  • Nick Skelton, show jumping veteran;
  • Max Whitlock, Britain’s first ever Olympic gymnastics champion;
  • The whole women’s hockey team;
  • Jade Jones, Gold Medal winner at Taekwondo;
  • The Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonny: gold and silver medal winners in the triathlon.

Public transport

Buses, trains and trams will be busier than usual, with extra demand on top of evening peak and school run journeys. In brief:

  • All buses that follow the parade route will be diverted elsewhere in the city centre. Some bus services away from the parade route may see delays due to extra road traffic.
  • Local trains may be more crowded though timetables are unchanged. During the parade, Deansgate station will be closed.
  • Metrolink services will run as normal with the exception of trams from Exchange Square, which are on the parade route.

In keeping with the spirit of Team GB’s celebrations, Metrolink tram 3091 has been painted in a special Olympic gold livery. Transport for Greater Manchester have created a video of its transformation.

If you cannot get to the parade…

A live broadcast of the Team GB parade will be shown on BBC One from 4.15 pm today. Needless to say, with us being at the heart of proceedings, we are most excited.

Net Sixty Six SEO, 17 October 2016

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