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Norwich City promotion parade bus breaks down

The Norwich squad had to switch to a city sightseeing bus, with the specially decorated bus stuck behind

Anyone who has seen Norwich City this season will know they never park the bus – but they were left with no choice after their promotion parade vehicle broke down as they celebrated reaching the Premier League.

The Canaries, who sealed the Championship title on Sunday, were forced to ditch their specially-decorated yellow bus for a city sightseeing model as they paraded the trophy on an open-top tour.

It was reminiscent of a scene from the film Mike Bassett: England Manager, in which the Norwich parade bus takes a wrong turn onto a dual carriageway as they marked winning the fictional Mr Clutch Cup.

It is also a tale one of the city’s most famous ‘sons’, Alan Partridge, would likely be proud of – especially with the city centre being pedestrianised for Monday’s event.

Norwich City players – drink in hand – attempt to push the broken down parade bus

Broadcaster and fan Jake Humphrey opened the celebrations on the balcony at City Hall with players and officials speaking to the crowd before stepping aboard their ill-fated bus.

“It’s really outstanding what this club and these supporters and this place has achieved during this season,” said head coach Daniel Farke.

“All words are right. So world class, special, unique, extraordinary. We are all unbelievably proud.”

The festivities continued later with a charity match at Carrow Road between two teams featuring current and former Norwich players, watched by nearly 20,000.

A side led by Wes Hoolahan won 7-4 against an XI captained by Russell Martin.

The Norwich players did not look too displeased with their replacement bus service
Celebrity chef and joint-majority shareholder Delia Smith joined the celebrations
Norwich fans turned out in large numbers for the parade
Canaries midfielder Kenny McLean borrowed the mayor’s hat as he got in the spirit

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