LIVE BLOG: LEICESTER CITY VICTORY PARADE

 20.00: NOW IT’S TIME TO PARTY!

We’re signing off now and heading for a well earned beer – big thanks to everyone from the Leicester Centre for Journalism, past and present, who has contributed to this remarkable day!

19.56: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK

Manager, gentleman, winner. Huge cheer from Vicky Park crowds. Claudio is wonderful as usual –he says “keep dreaming, and don’t wake up!”

19.56: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Captain Fantastic Wes Morgan looking forward to ‘unknown territory’ of the Champions League. What we’ve achieved this season has been fantastic and no-one can take that away from us.

19:55: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Last on stage is the Charming One, Claudio Ranieri…with the PREMIERSHIP TROPHY!

19.54: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Fair to say it’s a bigger cheer for Jamie Vardy, then Riyad Mahrez, followed by the traditional Huth, Huth, Huth chants…and the rest of the squad

19.53: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

Then it’s the suits who get a big welcome

19.53: ON STAGE AT VICTORIA PARK…

First up it’s the Leicester City back-room boys onto the stage at Viccy Park

19.52: BIRD’S EYE VIEW FROM SKY

Can you believe, more than 100,000 crammed into Victoria Park. It’s more like Glastonbury!!

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19.52: TRAIN STATION A SEA OF BLUE

Fans not able to get to Victoria Park are heading for home. Trains very busy, but East Midlands Trains managing the extra passengers

19.49: CARAVAN OF LOVE

Check out the Leicester Mercury – some stunning pictures to have a gander at

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19.42: POLICE WARNING AS CROWDS FLOCK TO VICTORIA PARK

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19.38: GLORY, GLORY LEICESTER CITY

Press Association photographers know how to capture the moment

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19.33: BBC ARE DOING US PROUD

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-36286744

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19.30: VICTORIA PARK PACKED – OFFICIAL

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19.25: MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS!

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19.23: #HAVINGAPARTY 

Breathe Sport just tweeted this pic – now that is what we call #having a party

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19.20: NOW THAT’S A BRILLIANT PICTURE

East Midlands Today@bbcemt 2m2 minutes ago

Thousands watched as the buses went up London Road and past Victoria Park.

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19.16: BA BA PHHHFT!

Mercury reporter and former DMU journo student Pete Warzynski does the Big Interview

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Aisling Niland (14 weeks) is definitely with her dad Martin. She said: “Ba

ba ba, phhhft!”

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19.12: YOU WAIT FOR A BUS THEN FOUR COME ALONG!

Mercury deputy news editor and former DMU journo student Alison Martin in pole position

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19.06: SEAL OF APPROVAL RIGHT FROM THE TOP

martyn snow@SnowMartyn 6 bishops enjoying the

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19.01: HOW BRILLIANT IS THIS!

From the Guardian Twitter feed Guardian sport@guardian_sport 5m5 minutes ago

Premier League 2015-16 review: players of the season. By Scott Murray (Photo: Getty)

 

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18.51: TRAFFIC UPDATE

London Rd has now closed due to sheer number of spectators. All London Rd services will now divert via Southgates and Welford Rd. You can view each service’s diversion here: http://goo.gl/MCmVWB

18.45: GARY LINEKER REACTS TO LEICESTER’S FINEST HOUR

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18.35: BRILLIANT WEATHER. BRILLIANT TEAM. BRILLIANT CITY

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18.30: BUS NOW PASSING CATHEDRAL QUARTER

Amazing atmosphere. Four open top buses.Trophy at front with Schmeichel and Morgan. Jubilee Square packed. Crowds now filling London Road.

 

18.22: STUDENT SUPPORTER’S SELFIE 

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18.17: WHAT A PICTURE.  WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH!

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18.13: THE OWNERS ACCEPT THE CHEERS OF THE CROWDS

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18.06: DMU GETS AN EARLY VIEW OF THE TROPHY

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18.03: YOU ARE WITNESSING HISTORY LEICESTER!

Families are celebrating what the bookies said was impossible. But Ranieri and his team proved them all wrong. If you miss this you will regret it FOREVER

 

18.00 THEY’RE OFF TO HUGE CHEERS

Confetti being thrown, 10 deep at the side of the road

17.59: ALMOST TIME!

Buses about to set off on parade. Stand by for the roar!

 

17.55: BALLOONS ABOUND AS CITY PREPARES FOR PARADE

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This was the scene in New walk just a few moments ago.

17.50: WHAT A FANTASTIC EVENT

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The bus hasn’t left yet, but the crowds are ready!

17.40: I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM LIVING THIS DAY!

 

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Former DMU Journalism student Davide Capelli, from Brescia in Italy is back in the city for the big day. Welcome back Davide!

YES, THE CROWDS REALLY ARE THAT BIG!

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Check out the DMU video https://twitter.com/dmuleicester

17.14: GET READY TO PARTY!

Hang on to that spot Tom, we’re rooting for you.

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17.09: THINK VICTORIA PARK IS GOING TO BE MOBBED!

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17.02: IT’S ALL IN THE PREPARATIONS

This is the first flag being put up this morning at the Town Hall. It’s looking a little different now!

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16.57: NEWCASTLE ARE DOWN BUT WE’LL WELCOME THE NORTH EAST BOYS 

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16.51: AND IF YOU THINK THIS IS EXCITING, WAIT TILL THE SUMMER

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16.50: NOW THAT IS A MAGIC MOMENT

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16.33: HURRY UP, HURRY UP

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 16.31.59They come from here, they come from there, they come from everywhere flipping where…that’s if they can get on a train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.26: FLYING THE FLAG – ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS

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16.21: THANK GOD THE SUN IS SHINING WHILE WE WAIT

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16.13: OH LAURA, WE LOVE YOU…

More wise advice – this time for the hungry horses

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16.08: QUEUE ALERT

Wise words from a very wise one…

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16.05: CHEERS!

Celebrating with a drink? Here’s two very different takes on that theme: Captain Morgan created a special edition of their rum on honour of LCFC captain Wes Morgan, while local eatery Meatcure have created this appropriately coloured cocktail

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16.01: OH CLAUDIO, WE LOVE YOU…

Claudio Ranieri reflects on #lcfc‘s final game of their title winning season against Chelsea. #CheLei amp.twimg.com/v/3c3317d1-6f2…

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15.53: DMU FOOTBALL CAPTAIN LIVES DREAM WITH PREMIERSHIP TROPHY

DMU Journalism student Grace Morgan (right) had her dream come true when she had her picture taken with the Premiership trophy won by her beloved Leicester City.

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15.35: LEICESTERSHIRE-BASED COVENTRY FAN PRAISES FOXES

 

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Picture: Wikipedia

A Leicestershire-based DMU graduate who grew up supporting Coventry City has congratulated the Foxes. Check out the full story at http://bit.ly/27rFwmw

15.27: POSTER BOYS

Well did you miss it? Make sure you nick one off the office wall if you haven’t got one…

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15.19:  KEEPING OUR CELEBRATIONS SAFE

East Midlands Ambulance staff ready for action

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15.06 CITY’S FAVOURITE SON FRONTS BBC DOCUMENTARY

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14.50: DMU GRADUATE LIVE REPORTING ON TWITTER

Former DMU Journalism student Isobel Frodsham reporting from the Leicester Mercury.

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14.43: IT’S GETTING BUSY OUT THERE

The city centre streets are filling up ahead of the Victory Parade. 100,000 predicted/ Are you among them?

14.41: WHAT ARE THE ODDS!

ODDS OPENER

How much would a cheeky tenner earn you if you’d put a fistful of greenbacks on the Blues to win the title? Check out our video on the Leicestershire Press Facebook http://bit.ly/1oRmaF4

14.25:CHAMPIONS SUPPLEMENT A MUST FOR ALL FANS

These are sure to be collectors’ items

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14.22  TOP TRAVELWISE TIPS

Leicester’s London Road will be closed from 6pm until midnight to make way for the victory celebrations. Revellers and commuters are asked to take note of the other diversions and closures throughout day. More here: http://bit.ly/1WBtSSb

 

14.08: JOINING IN THE FESTIVITIES AT VICTORIA PARK

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13.59: HOSPITAL TRAFFIC ALERT

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13,53: INTERNATIONAL FOXES FANS JOIN THE CROWDS

Former DMU Journalism student and LCFC fan Davide Capelli is back in the city for the victory parade. He says he has met up with other Italians, including some from Sardinia.

13.52: LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN

Chocolates and flags will be handed out to revellers arriving at Leicester train station this afternoon. But passengers are warned to expect the area to be very busy, and extra trains have been laid on. More advice from East Midlands trains here:

http://bit.ly/1shMcTI

13.35: EX-BOSS PEARSON OFFERS TITLE CONGRATULATIONS

Foxes’ assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has said City’s former manager Nigel Pearson rang him to congratulate them on winning the title.

“Nigel phoned me to congratulate us, the players and the club,”  Shakespeare said.

13.32: LEICESTER DUO GET ENGLAND NOD

Drinkwater and Vardy both in Hodgson 26-man England squad for Euro 2016 reports BBC

13.30: THIS IS SCANDALOUS!

Independent reports that Leicester City will get less prize money than Arsenal, Tottenham and BOTH Manchester clubs!

http://ind.pn/1Xu0Ino

Let’s make some noise!

13.22: HEAR THE DMU GOSPEL CHOIR REIMAGINE SOME FOXES’ CHANTS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03slf5y

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13.12: JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS AT DMU

2016-05-16%2012-37-52%20+0100Events team handing out DMU / Leicester City flags and ‘clappers’. Go grab one now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND IN THE WORDS OF JEFF STELLING…

WHAT AN EXCITING SEASON

In case you need reminding here are sone of the season’s highlights. Enjoy!

http://bit.ly/1TRIoyF

NO NEED TO WAIT TILL 6PM

Celebrations start at 3pm in Victoria Park

6 HOURS 45 MINUTES TO THE PARADE

The sense of anticipation in the city is almost palpable.

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