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City celebrates Dons cup win with open-top bus parade

24/03/14

The Dons celebrated their League Cup success with an open-top bus parade on Sunday [23 March] in Aberdeen.

Barry Robson holds the Scottish PLeague cup for all to see: for more photographs go to: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/photosales The winning team, on board the open-top bus, made their way from Albyn Place at 1pm, along Union Street to the Town House.

At a special meeting held on 17 March Aberdeen City Councillors agreed that up to 25,000 from the Common Good Fund should be made available to fund, organise and deliver a celebration parade for Aberdeen Football Club (AFC) and its supporters in the city.

This followed a report to the committee that advised that the council's city events team had held discussions with all relevant operational support partners to consider the organisation of such a parade on Union Street which would be for the supporters of AFC, residents and visitors to Aberdeen and would support the city's civic pride in its local football team.

Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam said:"We've waited a long time to see another open-top bus parade down Union Street. It's great that we can keep this tradition alive and give the whole Red Army the chance to see their heroes with the trophy.

"We saw an enormous and very noisy crowd cheering the team through the centre of Aberdeen. There were lots of sore heads and hoarse throats on the Monday morning after the cup final but the result was worth every single one of them. The parade provided opportunity for the fans to celebrate together."

Following the parade the Lord Provost welcomed players, AFC staff, management team and other invited guests to a civic reception at the Town House.