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Campaigning for a Torch Relay through town

I’ve been working with our town’s mayor to gather signatures on a petition – we hope to convince the organisers of the London 2012 Summer Olympics to bring their Torch Relay through towns, including Whitchurch.

We know the Torch Relay will be going through Basingstoke on Wednesday 11 July 2012 and heading to Winchester via Kings Worthy.

What the organisers haven’t yet done is announced the route the Relay will take between those big towns. That’s where the petition comes in!!

Whitchurch mayor and mayoress collect signatures on the Torch Relay route petition.

CHAMPIONED BY OUR MAYOR

I was with our Mayor, Cllr Barry Jackman and the mayoress Sandra Jackman, plus several other town councillors, on the Town Hall forecourt and The Square this morning. We met a couple people who had seen the Torch Relay when it came through in 1948 – and one person who was an actual torchbearer from then!

Other towns along the proposed route (B3400 to Hurstbourne Priors then south through Sutton Scotney where Naomi House is) are also out collecting signatures. Petitions are in various businesses and town halls, too.

We will give the petitions to our MP, Sir George Young (who is Leader of the House) on Wednesday 28 December. He will pass them on to Lord Coe who runs the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). We should hear if we have been successful early in 2012, perhaps in February when the announce the torchbearers.

See the campaign site: http://TorchRelay.org.uk

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