The Torch.

Today the young people of Whitchurch invited everyone to join them in running, walking or riding their own colourful Torch Relay in recognition of the Olympics.

Meeting at the Meadow.

Starting at the Millennium Green they had arranged a short route to include a number of important venues. Liz Dermody had brought the event together with the help of friends and members of the Youth Project – and had even arranged the sun to appear!

The Torch Procession sets off.

Led by members of the Youth Club the route was also joined by a number of others on bikes scooters and all sorts of wheeled machines.
Even the PCSO drafted in to support the event, rode his trusty bicycle.

At the Silk Mill.

All ages joined in as it wound through the town streets with blowing whistles, ringing bells and cheering chants! The ‘torch’, ably designed by Chris Miller, changed hands several times on its journey that included visiting the Gill Nethercott Centre, The Silk Mill, The Old Methodist Chapel and the White Hart.

Medals were awarded.

At the Town Hall a 60-strong gathering was greeted by the Mayor of Whitchurch, Cllr Jackie Day in her fine regalia. Each of the young procession participants beamed wide smiles as they received a medal of from the Mayor. This friendly event showed the Whitchurch community spirit at its very best.

Bollards are 'launched By The Mayor Cllr Day (R) and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Thomas (l)

Following the arrival of the ‘Torch’ the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Linda Thomas, presided over the official launch of the Five Gold Rings Olympic bollards designed by John Buckley and painted by Steve Miller from Whitchurch Arts.

Cheers went up as the four ceremonial ribbons were in turn cut. More colour has been brought to the town’s streetscape.

Competition winners Tia and Eleanor with the Mayor of Whitchurch.

Cllr Day also announced the winners of her Olympic/Jubilee Bollard design competition with the prizes and certificates being awarded to Eleanor Williams and Tia Paddock.
Their ideas will now be worked up into a final design for decoration.

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