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Harrogate Town supporters appeared to ignore social distancing rules as hundreds turned out for an open-top bus parade to celebrate the team’s promotion to League Two.

The North Yorkshire club reached the Football League for the first time in their 106-year history last weekend when they defeated Notts County 3-1 in the National League Promotion final at Wembley.

Precautions such as the bus not stopping en route were put in place to try and avoid crowds during the Covid-19 pandemic but fans stood together anyway.

Harrogate Town fans appeared to crowd together despite social distancing rules as their players celebrated winning promotion into the Football League

Harrogate Town fans appeared to crowd together despite social distancing rules as their players celebrated winning promotion into the Football League

The players showed off the trophy from an open-top bus during the 35-minute parade

The players showed off the trophy from an open-top bus during the 35-minute parade 

Crowds gathered in the Yorkshire town as the bus passed by six days after their Wembley win

Crowds gathered in the Yorkshire town as the bus passed by six days after their Wembley win

It came after Premier League champions Liverpool were unable to hold a bus parade following their title win on public health grounds.

And another Yorkshire club, Leeds United, were forced to defend their decision to parade the Championship trophy from an open-top bus in front of fans after previously telling fans to stay away.

Harrogate’s bus tour lasted 35 minutes on Saturday afternoon as they showed off the trophy won at Wembley last Sunday while travelling a two-mile route around the town.

The jubilant players applauded their fans from the bus having won the final in their absence.

Leeds United were criticised last month after their players appeared on an open-top bus in front of thousands of fans outside Elland Road

Leeds United were criticised last month after their players appeared on an open-top bus in front of thousands of fans outside Elland Road 

The joyous Harrogate squad and their families on board the bus during its two-mile tour

The joyous Harrogate squad and their families on board the bus during its two-mile tour

Social distancing was observed along the majority of the route through the Harrogate streets

Social distancing was observed along the majority of the route through the Harrogate streets

Harrogate beat Notts County 3-1 in last Sunday's National League Promotion final at Wembley

Harrogate beat Notts County 3-1 in last Sunday’s National League Promotion final at Wembley

One young fan shows his colours as they wait on the streets for the open-top bus to pass by

One young fan shows his colours as they wait on the streets for the open-top bus to pass by

Every suitable vantage point was taken as fans young and old celebrated Harrogate's triumph

Every suitable vantage point was taken as fans young and old celebrated Harrogate’s triumph

Harrogate must launch their first season in the Football League at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium as work continues on upgrading their ground.

Town began ripping up their artificial 3G playing surface at the CNG Stadium on Tuesday in preparation for a new grass pitch in order to comply with EFL rules.

A new all-seater stand to bring the stadium’s capacity up to 5,000 is close to completion and the floodlights are also being upgraded.

The work will not be completed until October and the new League Two season is scheduled to start on September 12.

Harrogate secured their first-ever Football League promotion last weekend at Wembley

Harrogate secured their first-ever Football League promotion last weekend at Wembley

George Thomson opened the scoring for Harrogate after five minutes against Notts County

George Thomson opened the scoring for Harrogate after five minutes against Notts County

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