Monday, 21 May 2012

Stafford Council calls for torch celebration with a week to go


With only a week to go before the Olympic Torch comes through Stafford Borough, council bosses are urging people to line the route and celebrate.

Stafford Borough Council said they hoped people would turn out waving flags and banners – in a repeat of the scenes at the weekend as tens of thousands came out when the flame began its route from Land’s End to Plymouth.

Adam Hill, Head of Leisure at the council, said: “There were people in fancy dress, families turning out waving union flags and children with banners celebrating the torch’s arrival. I would love to see this happening along our route.”

People will be able to see the torch in the borough for the first time when it comes to Gnosall on Wednesday 30 May at around 4.50pm. It then goes on to Haughton and Stafford before it makes its way through the town centre before leaving at Crab Lane on the A34 to visit Stoke.

Full details of where you can see the flame in Stafford Borough can be found from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012. There is a be prepared section on the 2012 pages with links to road closures and key times for the flame.

At 4pm on the day a borough council organised parade featuring circus acts, schoolchildren, sports ambassadors and dance troops will parade through Stafford town centre in a spectacular warm up to the big event.

Mr Hill added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see a once in a life time event and from the many residents and schools I have talked to recently there are a lot of people really looking forward to the day.

“But make sure you get in to place early to enjoy it and show your support for the many torchbearers – many who have truly inspiring stories – as it is something you will probably never get the chance to witness again.”

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