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Special Olympics torch blazes a trail in town
7:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THE torch for the Special Olympics Great Britain was bought to Swindon on Tuesday as part of its journey around the South West of England.
Great Britain’s National Summer Games, the country’s largest sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, held every four years, will begin in Bath next week, and to mark the build-up a torch relay took place around the South West.
Lighting the torch, known as the Flame of Hope, was North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, in front of a crowd including Bob Billson, development manager of the Special Olympics and the Swindon Shock wheelchair basketball team.
“It is such an honour to have the torch in Swindon on its journey towards Bath for the Special Olympics National Summer Games,” said Justin.
“We look forward to seeing the athletes compete in the games over the three days and are so pleased to be part of their journey.”
Rebecca Rowland, BID manager for inSwindon, said: “It was fantastic to see the official Olympic torch in Swindon and to relive the memories from last year’s activities in the town centre surrounding the Olympics.”
The Flame of Hope was used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony at the Royal Crescent in Bath yesterday.
The games will see 1,700 athletes compete.
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