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More Olympic volunteers needed

Volunteers are being urged to come forward to play their part in the Olympics in Cheshire.

Cheshire East Council is still looking for helpers to be involved in the Olympic Torch Relay when it passes through the borough at the end of May.

The council has already recruited more than 300 residents to help with the event, but more are still needed.

The relay will travel through the streets of Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford on May 31 and the volunteers are needed to act as stewards.

Those who offer to help will be given full training for the event.

Councillor Rod Menlove, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “What an opportunity this is for Cheshire East residents to get involved with the Olympic Torch Relay.

“This really is a unique chance for people to be a part of the greatest show on earth and to represent their home town in the process. It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills.”

Anyone who offers to help with the event will be given free training on how to deal with accidents and emergencies, how to deal with spectators and crowd control, customer care skills, supporting the work of a team, controlling the movement of people at an event, providing first aid and risk assessment training.

The event is expected to last around five hours and volunteers must be 16 or over.

The torch will be in Crewe from 8am to 8.30am, Congleton from 8.45am to 9.25am, Macclesfield from 9.35am to 10.10am and Knutsford from 10.25am to 10.50am.


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