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Last Updated: Tuesday September 13 2005 13:00 GMT

Fans' frenzy at cricket victory parade

England fans in Trafalgar Square

By Neil Doughty
CBBC Newsround Online

Less than 24 hours after England's cricket team won The Ashes, thousands of fans crammed into London's Trafalgar Square to celebrate their triumph.

Offices and schools all over England, and perhaps beyond, must have been empty as it seemed everyone in the country was here.

T-shirts, seemingly printed overnight, with Kangaroo Bashers written on them, and lots of England flags, were being sold on every corner.

Crawled

The only thing there were more of were England fans and they were there in their thousands.

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
The arrival of the England open-top bus seemed to take an age as it crawled its way through the packed streets.

And then the hymn Jerusalem, adopted by cricket fans throughout the summer, was belted out around the square as the bus arrived.

Thousands of flags were raised to salute their arrival and then, finally, the celebrations could begin.

Biggest cheers

Fittingly, captain Michael Vaughan and man of the season Andrew Flintoff were at the front of the bus.

Much like during the Test itself, people had scrambled for every spot to see the winning team. Some were stood on fountains, while others were sat on roofs around the area, and looking on from balconies.

Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen on the victory bus
The biggest cheers were understandably for England hero Flintoff and big hitter Kevin Pietersen. The crowd was shown highlights of the summer on big screens, and they cheered every moment like it was happening all over again.

Anthem

The final words came from KP and Freddie after what must have been a very long night of celebrations. After the television interviews had finished the players began to let their hair down a bit, leading the songs.

Barmy Army songs, Land of Hope and Glory and the national anthem bought the celebrations to an end.

And so, we've had Trafalgar Square celebrations from England's rugby team, the 2012 Olympic team and now the cricket team.

What chance is there of another celebration in July next year after the football World Cup in Germany?

We shall see.



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