Olympic thank you for Bedford Borough
Bedford Borough Council and Bedford International Athletic
Stadium have been officially recognised for their contribution to
the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The Olympic Torch Relay was a highlight of the great summer in
Bedford Borough when it visited on Sunday 8th July. The route
through Bedford and Cotton End was lined with thousands of people
who braved the wet weather to cheer on the Torchbearers and helped
to create a wonderful atmosphere.
The Bedford International Athletic Stadium played a vital role
in the relay as hundreds of people arrived to watch the relay along
Barkers Lane. The Stadium also served as a rest point for the Flame
and the convoy supporting the Relay. The Council also made a wide
range of arrangements, including road closures and stewarding to
ensure the relay was a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and
Culture, said: “It was a great summer in Bedford Borough this year.
As well as the Olympic Torch Relay, local residents and visitors
enjoyed a number of other events including the Pop-Up Museum,
Diamond Jubilee Weekend, Kite Festival and River Festival. The
borough also enjoyed hosting 14 Olympic and Paralympic teams prior
to competing at the London 2012 Games.
“I will never forget the thousands of people who braved the wind
and rain and lined the streets of the borough to cheer on the
Torchbearers on Sunday 8th July. Everyone came together to create a
superb atmosphere and it is excellent news that the Council and the
Athletic Stadium have now been officially thanked and recognised
for the role they played in welcoming the Olympic Torch to the