Swansea will welcome home their Wembley heroes with an open-top bus victory parade this evening.
Barely 24 hours after securing a dream promotion to the top flight of English football, thousands of fans are expected to turn out to welcome home the Swans.
The open-top bus parade will kick off from the Swans’ historic old home at the Vetch Field at 6.30pm and finish with a Civic Reception at the city’s Guildhall later in the evening.
Lord Mayor of Swansea Cllr Ioan Richard said the people of Swansea would turn out in their thousands to welcome the victorious team home.
“It’s a moment of history which I know many thousands of fans will want to share with their team. It will be remembered for years to come,” he said.
From its starting point in Glamorgan Street next to the famous old ground, the bus will make its way to Westway. It will then move up to the junction with Kingsway and St Helen’s Road and take a left along St Helen’s Road to Guildhall.
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Fans will be able to line the route and congregate on the rotunda in front of the Guildhall to welcome Brendan Rodgers 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 on hand.
Fran Jenkins, Strategic Manager for Tourism, Marketing and Events, said: “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 it’s also important for safety reasons that they stay behind the safety barriers and listen to any instructions they may get from the safety stewards.”
For more information about the victory parade go to www.swansea.gov.uk