Staffordshire Gears up for Arrival of Olympics Torch Relay
With less than two weeks to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the county for its second visit, Staffordshire County Council are working hard behind the scenes to ensure local celebrations go off with a bang.
On Saturday 30 June over 30 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Torch through Burton, The National Memorial Arboretum, Streethay, Lichfield, Hopwas, Tamworth, Great Wyrley and Newtown.
The Torch will be making a special appearance at the National Memorial Arboretum at 8.30am to celebrate the Armed Forces Day commemorations, for which a full programme of events and activities are planned.
Dedicated pages on the county council website provide all the information you need on the Torch Relay routes and times. They advertise where people can line the streets to enjoy the celebrations and help businesses plan for any disruption. Visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/2012 to find out more.
Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities said:
“We want everyone to join in celebrating this momentous event, and as a council, we are doing everything we can to minimise any disruption.
“We’ve already witnessed the magnificent sight when the Torch Relay passed through Stafford on it’s first visit to the county. Over 45,000 people turned out on the streets to watch it go by, without any hiccups thankfully.
“With less than two weeks to go now, it will be such an honour to see the Olympic Torch being carried by representatives from across the county, and I want everyone, young and old to come out, line the streets and cheer them on.
“To make the most of the occasion I would ask people to have a look on the website to find out if their area will be affected and to plan your day.
“So in the mean time, let us worry about the planning, you get yourself in the Olympic spirit and enjoy the occasion.”
The Council have also produced their top five tips to help business plan for the Torch’s arrival:
Talk to your customers: Make sure your customers know about any changes to your business hours, parking or access.
Deliveries: Remember there will be traffic disruption and road closures on the day, so plan deliveries accordingly.
Your staff: Consider the needs of your staff, in terms of being able to get into work or get home. If you are on the route itself, you could be busier as people line the streets to watch the relay, so make sure you have enough staff on – and how you may want your business to get involved and celebrate.
Parking: If you normally park on the road, please familiarise yourself and your staff with parking restrictions. No parking will be allowed on the route itself and further parking restrictions may apply off the route to help traffic flows. Check your local district or borough council website for details.
Get into the Olympic spirit: Why not decorate your premises in red, white and blue and make it stand out. Your staff may also want to dress up. The eyes of the world will be on Staffordshire – it’s our moment to shine.
For advice on what to do, information on the route, roads that will need to be closed, times and dates, public transport and much more please visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/2012.