Celebrations after it was confirmed the Olympic Torch would be coming to Lichfield

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The Olympic Flame is set to visit the National Memorial Arboretum before visiting Lichfield. Residents in Streethay and Hopwas will also get to see the torch as it makes its way through the region on June 30. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has worked with Lichfield District Council to create the route.
Celebrations after it was confirmed the Olympic Torch would be coming to Lichfield
Councillor Val Richards, cabinet member for leisure services, said: “We’re delighted LOCOG has accepted our invitation to bring the Olympic Flame to the district. “It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Flame pass through our local streets and communities, and will help to build the anticipation of the Games. “We worked hard with our partners to secure the route through the district, and we’re now working together to organise a day of celebration. Plans are at an early stage, but so far include a community games, community races, musical performances and more. “We’re hoping many people from across the district and further afield will join us for the festivities.” Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Organising Committee Chair, added: “We are thrilled to confirm that Lichfield district will act as host location for the Olympic Flame, and we extend an invitation to people to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. “This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Lichfield district to start planning how they can be part of this exciting opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame, as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.” The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on the morning of May 19, 2012. It will then be carried an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK Regular updates about the day’s festivities will be posted to the council’s website at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/2012, so make sure you check back to see how you can be involved in this exciting day. Children from Lichfield Cathedral School joined Cllr Richards and Paul Watson, project manager of the Lichfield District Olympic Torch Community Force, to celebrate the news that the Olympic Flame is coming to the region. “Our pupils were delighted to be involved in the launch of this fantastic event and I hope the Olympic spirit inspires them to achieve their personal ambitions,” said Michael Chanter, headmaster of Lichfield Cathedral School.

Ross

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