Olympic Spectacle for Tameside
Press Release Date: 25 June 2012
Over 30,000 people turned out to watch the London 2012 Olympic torch relay as it passed through Tameside today (Sunday 24 June)
Crowds gathered in their thousands on the streets of Ashton to cheer on the Olympic Flame and the torchbearers who carried it.
Golden confetti cannons exploded as the torch bearers entered the market ground and Ashton Brass Band played the iconic ‘Chariots of Fire’ as the torchbearers handed over the flame in the ‘kiss’.
There was a fantastic party atmosphere throughout the whole event with everyone wanting to be of the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
And the fun continued after the torch left; crowds were entertained at ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ event, with street artists, dancers and Tameside’s Got Talent on the performance plinth.
Council Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn said: “It was truly amazing to see so many people turn out and show their support for Olympic Flame and the torchbearers. We made part of history today and the people of Tameside did us proud.”
Cllr Kieran Quinn and Cllr Dawson Lane were joined on the Town Hall steps by Tameside torch bearers Peter Wood and John Dunne, who ran earlier legs of the relay.
Cllr Lane said: “It was a true honour to meet the torchbearers, the work they have done in our community is inspirational and we should all be proud of them, it was great to see them enjoying their moment to shine.”
Today was the last day of the Olympic Torch Relay in the North West, it will cover over 8,000 miles on its journey to the London 2012 opening ceremony on 27 July 2012.