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Tuesday parade for Swans cup final heroes

SWANSEA will have its chance to welcome home their Swans heroes with an open-top bus victory parade on Tuesday.

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Barely 48 hours after securing their first major trophy, thousands of fans are expected to turn out to welcome home their Wembley heroes.

The open-top bus parade will kick-off from outside the Dragon Hotel at 4.30pm and finish with a Civic Reception at the city's Guildhall later.

Lord Mayor of Swansea, Cllr Dennis James, said that after such an amazing result on Sunday the people of Swansea would turn out in their thousands to welcome the victorious team home.

"This is a fantastic moment for the Swans and for Swansea as a whole," he said. "After their promotion to the Premier League, Sunday's events open a new chapter in a remarkable success story for our city's football team.

"I'm sure thousands of fans will want to line the route and be part of an event that will be remembered for years to come."

From its starting point in Kingsway the bus will make its way towards St Helen's Road and then on to the Guildhall.

Fans will be able to line the route to welcome Michael Laudrup and the team back to Swansea.

There will be road closures along the route on a rolling basis so roads can be re-opened as soon as the procession has passed to minimise inconvenience to residents and traffic.

Stewards will be on hand to marshall fans and ensure their safety during the procession. St John's Ambulance first aiders will also be in attendance.

Cllr David Phillips, Leader of Swansea Council, said: "This is an exciting achievement and we have pulled out all the stops to get the victory parade organised as quickly as possible and we're sure it's going to be a tremendous success.

"We hope everyone who comes along has a great time, but the safety of the participants and the public is paramount.  For this reason, we would ask all spectators to stay behind the safety barriers and follow the any instructions that they may get from the safety stewards."

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "I'd urge the people of Swansea and Swans fans from elsewhere in South Wales to line the parade route. The parade will give us a chance to thank Michael Laudrup and his fantastic team for their terrific achievements that keep on raising our city's profile even further across the world."

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