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Bedford named as official live site for London 2012 Olympics

Bedford Borough Council is delighted to confirm a free festival of sport at the Bedford International Athletic stadium during next summer’s Olympics. This will include a big screen showing all the action live, including the men's 100 metre final, and opportunities to have a go on the top class facilities on offer at the stadium, especially for young people.


The Council has received confirmation that it has been successful in a bid to have the Stadium selected as an Official Olympic ‘Live Site’ during the London 2012 games next summer. 


Bedford now joins a select group of other towns and cities across the UK which will be an official part of the Olympic Games during next summer.


The ‘Live Site’ will offer local residents the opportunity to come together and experience the Olympic Games and ensure the Athletics Stadium will become a fitting centre of Olympic action for the borough.


The big screen erected at the stadium will offer Bedford Borough residents the opportunity to experience a slice of the London 2012 Olympic Games, even if they were not fortunate enough to land some of the sought after tickets to experience the Games in person.


In addition to the big screen, a number of other activities both at the Athletics Stadium and across the borough will be taking place to mark the Olympic Games and Bedford’s rich sporting heritage.


Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford Borough, said: “I am delighted that the Games organisers have recognised Bedford’s sporting heritage and vibrant community by naming the borough as a Live Site. The free events at the International Athletics stadium are about giving local residents the chance to enjoy a shared Olympic experience close to home.


“The International Athletics stadium already hosts some of the biggest track and field events in the country and this marks it out as the centre of Olympic action in the borough. The events we put on will be free and open to all, and I hope the stadium proves to be a superb focal point for local residents to enjoy during the Games.


Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture added “The summer of 2012 looks set to be a brilliant one for local residents with the River Festival, Kite Festival as well as the excellent opportunity to experience and celebrate the Olympic Games locally.


“The Live Site will be completely free to enjoy and we hope many community groups will also be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by getting involved with the site throughout the week of activities.”


Under the terms of the Live Site agreement, Bedford Borough Council will receive up to £15,000 from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). This will be used to transform the Athletics Stadium into a fitting Olympic Live Site.


Further details on the site and the events on offer will be revealed in due course.

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