Olympic flame will arrive in town

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 May 2012

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THE Olympic flame will be in Weston next week in the lead-up to the London 2012 games.

It will arrive on the seafront at about 10.15am on Wednesday and will be outside the Grand Pier for 20 minutes.

The flame, lit from the official Olympic torch, will be carried in a lantern to the pier. On hand to welcome it will be Weston MP John Penrose, the Government’s Minister for Tourism.

He said: “It’s great that Weston is playing its part as the country gears up for a summer to remember.”

He will be joined by the chairman of North Somerset Council, Terry Porter, town mayor David Hitchens and Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael.

Cllr Porter said: “I hope local people and visitors will come down and join us when the flame visits Weston and play their part in this historic year for our country.”

London will host the Olympics this summer and the flame will stop off at various locations nationwide before then.

Children from Walliscote and Corpus Christi primary schools have been invited along to witness the historic moment in Weston.

Mr Michael said: “I am delighted the Olympic flame is coming to Weston.

“The summer of 2012 is going to be fantastic for Great Britain hosting the Olympics and it is an honour that the Grand Pier has been chosen as the backdrop for this iconic event.”

Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the seafront to see the Olympic flame as it passes through Weston on its way to Bristol and Cheltenham.


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