Raining champs Rio 2016 HEROES welcomed in Manchester despite pouring rain


Thousands defied the weather today to mark their record medal haul in Rio.

The sporting superstars took centre stage at the Heroes Parade through Manchester.

Albert Square in the city centre was packed as rockers Kaiser Chiefs took to the stage.

The band stepped in after Olly Murs was forced to pull out hours before the procession.

Gold medal-winning triathlete Alistair Brownlee, whose brother Jonny took silver, said: “The support has been incredible.”

Max Whitlock, who won two golds and our first all-round gymnastics medal in 108 years with a bronze, said: “The parade was great fun.”

He added: “In Rio we were in a bit of a bubble. It certainly hit us when we stepped off the plane.”

Team GB scooped a best ever 67 medals in Brazil with our Paralympians bringing home a record 147.

The party continues today with thousands more fans at a second parade in London – and the Queen meeting them at Buckingham Palace.