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Last Updated: Monday August 25 2008 14:19 GMT

Golden plane for Team GB's return

Simon Palmer polishing the British Airways golden aeroplane nose cone

Team GB have flown home in style after Britain's best Olympic Games in 100 years.

They brought with them their stunning haul of 47 medals, including 19 golds, on a plane decorated with a golden nose.

The athletes' families were at London's Heathrow airport to greet them when the plane touched down.

But the public were told not to go to the airport, because they wouldn't be able to see the team members.

Instead, fans will be able to welcome them home at a victory parade, which will be held in London on 16 October.

Dancers performing during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Games


The team's special plane was named Pride, after the British Olympic lion mascot.

There was also a message on its side saying: "Proud to bring our British heroes home."

And instead of ordinary plane food, the athletes were treated to a choice of tasty dishes on their journey home, including steak and mushroom pie with parsley mash, beef with special potatoes or baked cod with a herb and lobster sauce.