CELEBRATION GOES AHEAD
Celebration to go ahead
Stags will take an open top bus ride from Field Mill to the town centre to be presented with promotion medals tonight despite the poor weather.
Town are hoping the weather forecast will not dampen tonight's celebrations when the team greet their fans from the bus.
The bus will leave Field Mill at 6pm and take them into the town's market place where former World Cup final referee Jack Taylor will present them with their Third Division promotion medals.
However, strong winds and torrential rain are forecast and Stuart Watkiss said: "I hope the gods are kind to us as the forecast doesn't look too good at all.
"Even so, I hope the fans turn out in big numbers to give the lads a cheer as they do deserve it after the season we've had.
"There should be a nice atmosphere, even though we are reliant on the weather.
"It will be a new experience for me as, even though I had promotion with Walsall as a player, we just had a bit of a civic do and no open top bus ride."
Martin Pemberton, who has just left Stags to join Stockport County, will be on the ride as will Adam Murray, who is now back with Derby County after a highly successful loan spell at Field Mill.
But it is unlikely the trio of Adam Barrett, David Kelly and Alistair Asher, all released by Watkiss last Thursday, will be there.
"I would love to see them there though I understand it may be a bit difficult and awkward for them, but they have been a big part of our success this season and deserve to be up there with us," said Watkiss.
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