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Programme of fun announced for torch day

A programme of entertainment and activities has been announced for the Olympic Torch relay’s visit to the region.

Events have been organised to take place along the route as the flame is carried through Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford on May 31.

Cheshire East Council is hoping members of the public will turn out in force to welcome the Olympic relay and join in the celebrations.

Live music, singing and dancing will be provided throughout the day to make sure the event is a memorable occasion. Art will also be on display and celebrations will take place in Tatton Park, Knutsford, after the torch has left the area.

The council is hoping the Olympic Torch visit will give local businesses and groups a chance to showcase the history, architecture, creativity and talent that the area has to offer.

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.”

Children’s centres and community groups have also been taking part in a project entitled A Moment To Shine, which has been funded by the arts, heritage and cultural services department. The aim of the project is to give people a chance to express what the Olympics mean to them, and have their moment to shine as the torch passes through their town.


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