Blackburn celebrates hosting Olympic torch
Blackburn is celebrating being chosen as a host location for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.
The world will be watching as local sports clubs, community groups and schools line the streets on Saturday, June 23, when the torch is carried through the town. Residents are invited to join in the celebrations and cheer the torch on its historic journey.
On the day Olympic themed activities are planned around the borough and in the lead up to and after the games a programme of community sports festivals and competitions are being held.
To mark today’s announcement Blackburn Town Hall will be lit up in the Olympic colours throughout this week. Leader of the Council, Councillor Kate Hollern, said: “It is fantastic news that we are going to be right at the centre of one of the most important sporting events in the world. “We are very lucky in this borough to have so many talented sporting people so it is fitting that we should get the opportunity to celebrate the games in this way."
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Yesterday, Councillor Hollern visited an Olympic themed event at Audley Sports centre where she met three would be Olympians. The members of the Great Britain squad were at the centre to hold a junior training session and inspire young people to be at the top of their game.
Among the group was Blackburn born Nathan Burns who won the British Open Championships at the age of 22 for the very first time. Nathan is a former Our Lady and St John pupil who trained at Shadsworth and Audley sports centres from the age of five. Accompanying him was one of only three Great Britain male World Champions, Craig Fallon and 5 times World silver medallist Karina Bryant.
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