Manchester City open-top bus parade held

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Image caption Crowds gathered to cheer on the team

Thousands of people have lined the streets to celebrate Manchester City’s historic domestic treble triumph.

An open-top bus parade left the Town Hall at about 18:15 BST before making its way down Peter Street and along Deansgate.

The parade finished at the cathedral where the players appeared.

A 6-0 win over Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup final followed Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side became the first English men’s team to complete the domestic treble.

He told the crowd at the victory parade it was time for “good dinners and wine” and “to enjoy what we have done” this season.

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Image caption The bus was cheered on both sides as it travelled in the city centre
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Image caption Supporters waved flags in the crowds on a sunny evening in Manchester
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Image caption Pep Guardiola’s team secured the Premier League title on the final day of the season

Four generations of the Conlan family, from Cheshire, went to Peter Street for a glimpse of their treble-winning heroes.

“After 40 years of disappointment this is just fantastic,” said 76-year-old Mike Conlan.

Image caption The Conlan family from Cheshire brought four generations to celebrate the triumph

Adding the Community Shield to the treble, the club have banners and T-shirts calling themselves “The Fourmidables”.

Fans cheered on Vincent Kompany during the celebration parade, a day after he announced he was to become player-manager of Anderlecht.

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Image caption Vincent Kompany celebrates on the parade bus

He thanked fans and said he had “given everything” during 11 years at the club and was proud of that”.

Kompany said when he scored from 25 yards against Leicester earlier this month he knew “I couldn’t do anything better”.

“We were always a great club, with silverware or not, but now we’ve got it. I’m so proud that we’ve been able to give you something that was long coming.”

Image caption Fans catch a glimpse of their heroes
Image caption The streets were awash with blue flares
Image caption The Gartside family said it was a season to remember

Roy Gartside was joined by his brothers and 12-year-old nephew to watch his beloved team during the city centre parade.

The 55-year-old said: “I’m just over the blue moon. It’s just fantastic. It tops everything.”

Manchester City women’s team, who won the FA Cup and League Cup double this year, showed off their silverware too.

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Image caption Jill Scott and Steph Houghton of Manchester City lift the SSE Women’s FA Cup trophy

Captain Steph Houghton said it was “incredible” to be part of the parade.

“Wow. It’s unbelievable,” she said.

“We have never been a part of something like this. Some of the girls are only 18, 19, so it pushes us to do well next season.”

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