Victory Parade!

CLARET and blue lined the streets of Newham on Tuesday evening, as Alan Pardew and his West Ham United squad paraded their Play-off Final trophy.

An open top bus carried the Hammers heroes from Newham Town Hall in East Ham, along Barking Road down towards the Boleyn pub and the statue of England world-cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

There it took a left into Green Street, greeted by thousands of adoring Hammers fans, who were clung to lampposts and roof-tops to get a look of the players.

The bus pulled through the famous Upton Park gates to deliver the West Ham United team into the stadium. Then, one by one, Alan Pardew's backroom staff and players were called onto the top balcony of the Dr Martens Stand to receive the adulation of the gathered crowds.

It was a carnival scene the likes of which have not been seen since Hammers won the FA Cup in 1980. The players and staff danced and paraded the trophy while Alan Pardew and captain Nigel Reo-Coker addressed their public with speeches thanking the fantastic support of the West Ham fans in Cardiff and throughout the season.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, who hosted this fantastic celebration of West Ham United's promotion back to the Premiership also spoke to the crowd, before the West Ham United players and staff enjoyed a civic reception hosted by Newham Council.

The evening marked the end to a triumphant season for the Hammers and looked forward to a new era of top-flight football returning to Upton Park.

To see photos from this memorable night in east London, click here.