More than 30,000 people packed in to Northampton town centre to welcome home the newly crowned Aviva Premiership champions.
An open-top bus containing the Northampton Saints players, who beat Saracens in a nail-biting final at Twickenham on Saturday, left Franklin’s Gardens at 12.30pm and headed down Weedon Road, up Horsemarket and into Gold Street,
The bus then travelled in to the town centre where tens of thousands of fans were waiting to celebrate the team’s double achievement of winning the league title and the Amlin Challenge Cup.
The event, which culminated with a stop outside The Guildhall, was the biggest in the town since the Olympic torch relay in 2012.
As well as posing for pictures on the bus, the players also walked around the Market Square with the trophies and shook the hands of the adoring fans.
Pete Barnett, a Saints fan for 49 years, said the win had given the town a “feelgood factor”.
He said: “It is good for the town and nice for the club to give something back to the fans by doing this parade.”
The town’s two MPs. Brian Binley and Michael Ellis attended the parade and celebrated the rugby team’s success.
Mr Ellis said: “It was a magnificent spectacle. It is great for the town and we are lucky to have such sporting prowess
“To have a team that is national champions will give the town a great buzz.”
Mr Binley said: “We are lucky to have three great sports teams in this town.
“What the Saints have achieved is massive and I am delighted. I was also delighted when the cricket team got promoted and won the Twenty20 cup last year and when the Cobblers stayed up.”