Just days after being crowned NRL Premiers for 2014, the South Sydney Rabbitohs enjoyed the adulation of their communities during a public street parade, punctuated by receiving the highest honour in the form of ‘Key to the City’ to both Randwick City and the City of Sydney.
Hundreds of people descended on Souths Juniors for the first leg of the parade, but not before Randwick Mayor, Ted Seng, presented the team with the Key to Randwick City.
“They are the pride of Randwick and an inspiration to thousands,” said the Mayor.
“Randwick City is enormously proud to be associated with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. We have an ongoing partnership with Souths Cares and the work they do within the community, particularly with our young people and the Indigenous community is to be commended.
“On behalf of the people of the City of Randwick I am honoured to present the Rabbitohs with the Key to the City of Randwick to acknowledge their Premiership win and the ongoing community work they do in Randwick City.”
Thousands of people lined the streets of South Sydney and the City of Sydney to show their appreciation for the team as they drove past in an open, double-decker bus, proudly showing off the Provan-Summons Trophy on their way to Sydney Town Hall.
Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, presented the team with the Key to the City of Sydney, following in the footsteps of late, great Rabbitoh and rugby league Immortal, Clive Churchill, who received the Key to the City of Sydney in 1985.
The Key to the City is the highest civic honour that a council can bestow on an individual or group. The practice dates back to medieval times when many cities were fortified and the key symbolised a relationship and friendship that allowed the recipient to come and leave freely.
The Rabbitohs capped off the day by taking the Provan Summons Trophy to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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