23 medals. One amazing bus.29-09-2016
The 36, Yorkshire's famous top-class bus route between Ripon, Harrogate and Leeds, is how winners choose to travel – and now, we have the most amazing photo to prove it!
On Wednesday 28 September, we celebrated the homecoming of Yorkshire's Rio Heroes in style, with an incredible open-top bus parade through the heart of Leeds.
The parade, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds City Council, was broadcast live nationally and around the world, reaching millions of viewers across mainstream news and on Facebook, Twitter and Periscope. Thousands of people came out in force, creating a carnival atmosphere and lining the streets along the parade route to welcome home the athletes.
As well as supplying three of the open top buses for the parade, we sent along one very special golden '36' bus which also took part in the parade, named after Olympic diving champion, Jack Laugher.
After the parade, Jack and a whole host of heroic athletes travelled from the city square to the Civic Hall for a homecoming reception – choosing to use the golden '36' bus as their mode of transport!
They posed for photos on board the luxury bus, with no fewer than 23 Olympic and Paralympic medals represented in one incredible picture.
Expertly driven by '36' team leader Tim Wilbor, the athletes on board included, amongst others, Olympic Gold and Silver-winning triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, quadruple Paralympic T37 sprint and cycling medallist Kadeena Cox, and Olympic Bronze medal-winning gymnast, Nile Wilson.
Jack's gold '36' bus will be officially unveiled at a special ceremony for Jack, to be held in the coming weeks outside the town hall in his home town of Ripon.
Find out more about the 36 at www.the36.co.uk.