Raining on their parade: The heavens open as Reading celebrate title win with open-top bus ceremony

The Royals hit the road, armed with umbrellas and the Championship trophy, and despite some rather unpleasant weather, fans line the streets to cheer on their heroes

Reading, and Brian McDermott in particular, were all smiles as they took to the streets to celebrate their Championship title with an open-top bus parade.

Despite the Royals losing their final game of the season and rain washing over Berkshire, fans lined the streets to cheer on their heroes, who will be competing in the Premier League next season.

The parade ended at the Madejski stadium where chairman John Madejski and prospective new owner Alexander Zingarevich looked on as captain Jobi McAnuff lifted the Championship trophy to roars from every corner.

Champagne was popped, ticker tape streamed and mascot Kingsley the lion was spear-tackled by Adam Le Fondre as the Royals really got into the party mood.

Defender Alex Pearce was named player of the season as members of the squad posed for pictures with their families, rounding off a quite magnificent season for the Berkshire club.

Don't rain on our parade | Royals fans pack the streets despite bad weather

A leg and an arm! | Brian McDermott rests as his players carry him around the pitch

We are the champs! | Jobi McAnuff lifts the trophy before being doused in champagne

A 'lorra lorra' love | John Madejski, set to sell the club, smooches the trophy