It is absolutely brilliant news for the 23 Warwickshire Olympic Torchbearers involved in the Olympic torch relay route who do not have commercial sponsorship to buy the actual torch they have carried, that Warwickshire County Council will purchase the special souvenir on their behalf!
Games organisers have made the torches available to each Torchbearer to buy once they have completed their relay leg. The torch, which features 8,000 small cut-out circles, is manufactured in Warwickshire by Bedworth’s Premier Sheet Metal.
Councillor Alan Farnell, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said:
“The eyes of the world will be on Warwickshire when the Olympic flame arrives on July 1, and it promises to be a truly memorable occasion for everyone.
“We want our Torchbearers to have a special memento of their own Olympic moment, and Warwickshire County Council is proud to sponsor our local heroes who have been chosen because of their valued contribution to society.
“The torch embodies the Olympic spirit as the enduring symbol of the Games and it is important that we show support for our Torchbearers by lining the streets and greeting every step of their journey with respect, excellence and friendship.
“As a county council, our ambition is to have a lasting legacy of the Games, and many torchbearers we have contacted have promised to take the torch into their communities and share their experiences with others.”
The Olympic torch relay is to pass through Rugby town centre and through the heart of Dunchurch village on 2nd July 2012, giving residents a unique opportunity to see the flame on their doorstep a truly once in a lifetime event.
Rugby Borough Council's website is where you will find more local information and you can sign up to receive updates.
To see the full Olympic Torch Relay Route visit the London 2012 website where you will be able to view the route the flame will be carried through and lots more information.
Please do visit our Events Pages to check details of the route and timings
as we will be updating with more details of the celebrations
and also for other events taking place!
Warwickshire County Council leader Alan Farnell (left) and torchbearer Graham Fulford.
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