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Tuesday 15 May 2012

Cheshire East’s Olympic ‘moment to shine’


Excitement is building with just weeks to go before the Olympic torch relay lights up Cheshire East – and the wide variety of activities and entertainment taking place along the route can now be revealed.

On the morning of Thursday, May 31, Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford will come alive as groups lining the torch relay route treat the crowds to live music, singing and dancing.

There will also be various displays of public artwork for people to enjoy .

The torch will also visit Tatton Park, although the torch won’t be widely visible to members of the public. However, some celebrations will continue after the torch has left the park.

Council officers have been working hard with various organisations over the past few months to try and make the event a morning of celebration, and a spectacle that will live long in the memory of local residents.

Organisers are using the torch relay as an opportunity to highlight the best Cheshire East has to offer, showcasing local history, architecture, creativity and talent.

The activities incorporate community, youth and school groups from across the Borough, who have all taken part in themed projects around.

A number of children’s centres and community groups have taken part in ‘A moment to shine’ project, which is funded by the arts, heritage and cultural services department.

The initiative looks to give members of the local community the chance to express what the Olympic and Paralympics means to them, and have their moment to shine as the torch passes through their town.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “The countdown to the Olympic torch relay is really on now and final preparations are well underway to ensure the Cheshire East leg of the torch relay is one to remember.

“I am certain that the variety of community activities that are taking place along the route will be a real highlight for many of the people that come to watch. They will bring a sense of fun and vibrancy to the event and create a real carnival atmosphere.”

More information about torchbearers is now available. Simply go to the following web page and enter North West and then your town to find out who is running in your area:

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