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Today, Great Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians were honoured at an afternoon parade which started at Mansion House in the City and concluded at the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

(Photo credit: the Telegraph)

The parade also honoured the thousands of volunteers as well as the police and military who kept the Games running smoothly.

One million people lined the route. People were a hundred deep in the side streets. The crowd noise was unbelievable as the 21 floats went past. Our sporting legends extended their thanks and waved to the crowd, which returned theirs to both teams. Each took pictures of the other!

Military bands and a flypast were also part of a sterling afternoon.

The flag-waving from a nation not prone to doing so was a joy to see. Many people, from schoolchildren to adults, said they had never been more proud to be British.  It was like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations all over again.

There was more live British music and speeches from David Cameron, the Princess Royal and Boris Johnson.

If either the BBC or Channel 4 rerun itthe parade or feature it on their iPlayers, then, do please watch it. You can see more photos and read a live blog at the Telegraph.

It was a fabulous day and a fitting end to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Channel 4’s coverage closed with a poem from one of the team directors which spoke about the power of the human will in achieving one’s dreams. Even newsreader Jon Snow, one of the presenters, was choked up by the end.

A glorious summer which began with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June came to its conclusion on this beautiful Monday afternoon. The smiles, cheers and pleasure from today, reflecting that of the past several weeks, is something many of us will treasure forever. This has probably been the greatest summer in living memory for the British people.

May those of us who enjoyed it pass the memories and the spirit on to others.

Happiness can be a sign of strength.

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