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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 borough.”

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