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Thousands cheer Gills' bus parade

Gillingham FC victory parade
Thousands of fans turned out to cheer on the team

Thousands of people have been lining the streets of the Medway towns to celebrate Gillingham Football Club's promotion to League One.

The players travelled on an open-top bus from Rochester to their stadium at midday on Monday.

The Gills beat Shrewsbury Town in the League Two play-off final at Wembley on Saturday following a 90th-minute goal.

The team were congratulated on a specially-assembled stage at Rochester Castle before the victory parade.

Thousands of fans, many dressed in Gillingham FC football shirts, cheered the team as their victory bus made its way from Rochester Bridge, through the town to Gillingham and the team's Priestfield Stadium.

'Tremendous result'

Young and old waved blue flags, clapped and chanted songs as the players passed by.

BBC South East Today's Simon Jones said: "The team took to the [Rochester Castle] stage, they were greeted by the fans and then ended up on the bus. They are currently making their way down here to the Priestfield Stadium.

"Today was really a sense of relief for everyone, a chance for the players to thank the fans and the fans to thank the players."

The result on Saturday saw the Gills promoted back to League One just one season after they had been relegated.

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: "I think that this is a tremendous result, a tremendous fillip for the club and also for Medway as a whole.

"It really is good news for the team, supporters and, as I've said, Medway as a whole."

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