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Arsenal victory parade being planned

  • Date: 04 May 2006
  • Author: webteam
In the event that Arsenal Football Club is successful in the Champions League Final in Paris on Wednesday May 17th, Islington Council and the club plan to host a victory parade on Thursday May 18th. <br> <br>Winning the trophy will bring potentially thousands of fans and well wishers onto the streets of Islington on May 18th to cheer their heroes.<br> <br>The police have been closely involved in planning the event to make sure the celebrations will be enjoyable and safe for residents, businesses and those who attend should the event go ahead. Professional stewards will be drafted in on the day to work with a substantial number of police officers to manage the event. <br> <br>Helen Bailey Islington Council's Chief Executive said: "A victory parade would be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to celebrate the first London club to raise the Champions League trophy. And judging from Liverpool's experience, if the cup were to come to Highbury this would be a massive event for us and could also prove to be very beneficial to local businesses. Our priority however is to ensure a safe, enjoyable event and to return to normal as quickly as possible to limit the disruption to residents."<br> <br>Thousands of letters (16,200) have been sent to residents and businesses who are more likely to be directly affected. The letters are both a warning and an advance apology, because, if the event goes ahead, road closures and possible traffic diversions will cause some inconvenience and disruption.<br><br>Superintendent Malcolm Simpson, from the Met's Public Order Unit, said: "We're working with the organisers to play our part in making sure this celebration parade passes off safely and smoothly for all those who may attend. Supporting the stewards, the Met Police will do all we can to minimise potential disruption to local residents and businesses."<br> <br>Should it go ahead, the parade will start at 1pm at Arsenal Stadium. Three open top buses will transport the players along Avenell Road onto Aubert Park, Highbury Park, Highbury Grove, St Paul's Road, Highbury Corner and finally onto Islington Town Hall in Upper Street at 2pm. One and a half hours later at 3.30pm, the players leave the Town Hall and return to Arsenal Stadium along the same route.<br> <br>An Arsenal spokesperson said: "The Champions League Final on May 17th is an historic occasion for everyone associated with the Club, and a night that we hope will lead to remarkable success. The opportunity to share this potential achievement with our local area the next day is very special and we hope that all involved will enjoy the parade should it go ahead."<br> <br>Ends<br><br> <br>