Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of London to congratulate Britain's successful Olympians on their triumph in Beijing, where Team GB achieved its best performance in a century with 19 golds and a total of 47 medals to come fourth in the medal table.
. . .Triple gold medallist cyclist Chris Hoy and fellow champions Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero led the charge in the first float.
Gold 400m medallist Christine Ohuruogu and champion sailor Ben Ainslie featured in the middle of the parade, alongside silver medallist in the triple jump, Phillips Idowu.
The swimmers, including double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington. . . brought up the rear.
. . .The triumphant sailing trio, Three Blondes in a Boat, were down to two, as Sarah Ayton enjoyed her honeymoon in Scotland following her wedding last week to fellow Olympian windsurfer Nick Dempsey.
The other members of the Yngling boat – Sarah Webb and Pippa Wilson – were there to lap up the adulation.
Making a tremendous showing, Paralympics GB won 102 medals, including 42 gold, to finish second behind China. Thirteen-year-old double Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds was on the swimmers float to take the cheers.
We often complain of government interference, but here is a case where the taxpayer funding of facilities has made a difference, especially to cycling and swimming.