It was another day to remember on Blues Monday, with the Civic Reception in the town centre quickly followed by our End of Season Awards ceremony.
You turned up in your thousands to celebrate our outstanding season with the players, management and backroom staff for our Civic Reception in the town centre.
The event kicked off at 4.00pm in the sunshine, after both the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Colin Rigby and Rovers Chief Executive praised the players and staff in separate speeches
Councillor Rigby said: “Rovers have been promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking in style, with long unbeaten runs, lots of goals and playing some fantastic football. It's only fitting that we celebrate such a successful season in the town centre with the club and its fans.
“Having a successful team is good for Blackburn with Darwen – with more visitors being attracted to the area and an increased sense of prestige and happiness for those from the borough.”
Steve Waggott, Chief Executive of Rovers, said: “The club are both honoured and delighted that the Council have invited us to a Civic Reception to celebrate our promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
“Gaining promotion is always a special achievement and something that needs to be shared with all connected with the club."
BBC Radio Lancashire’s Andy Bayes compered the event, with the station broadcasting live from the site, as players galore gave their say on the season and promotion to those who turned out.
Champagne was popped, with the main culprit being Derrick Williams, who was insisting on getting everyone soaked.
Rovers star Bradley Dack reflected: “It’s been a long, hard season, but today is something pretty special. We’ve all worked very hard to get to where we are and it’s really nice that we can celebrate with the fans, because we’re all proud of this achievement.
“The whole town has really come together. It isn’t just us, everyone has played a massive part, I think you can tell that everyone is really happy at the minute and I think that shows by the amount of fans who have turned up here today and at the last game of the season.”
An eye in the sky at yesterday's town centre celebrations 🚁 pic.twitter.com/AI9qDXTn8R— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) May 8, 2018
And soon after, the lads were down from the balcony overlooking Cathedral Square to meet, sign autographs and have photos with their adoring supporters, before boarding the bus and heading back to Ewood Park for our End of Season Awards evening.
There will be a round-up of the evening on our official website later today...
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