The chief of the British Olympic Association has called on schools to let children have time off to attend an open-top bus victory parade for Team GB that he announced will take place on Monday 10 September.
Gold medal winners including Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis, Ben Ainslie and Laura Trott will be among 900 Olympians and Paralympians at the procession which will travel from the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
It's expected that millions of flag-waving supporters will attend a "very, very special day" and Andy Hunt has urged schools to scrap their regular timetables and allow pupils to be a part of the event.
With Prime Minister David Cameron giving the government's backing to the celebrations, Culture Secretary Jermemy Hunt added: "The athletes' parade will be a fantastic finale to an incredible summer - it's a great time to be British."
Thousands of police officers will also line the streets for the parade which will mark Britains' greatest gold medal tally in modern era Olympics while the Queen will also host a reception for athletes from both Games later in the year.
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