Council cash boost for 2012 celebrations
Archived press release
Date Published: 10/02/12
Aylesbury Vale District Council has agreed to set aside up to £87,000 to ensure the area’s role in celebrating this year’s Paralympic Games in London goes with a bang.
The council funding will be used to support the Paralympic Flame Festival on 28 August. This unique event will take place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium but discussions are also underway on extending the celebrations to include Aylesbury town centre so that as many people as possible can share in the occasion.
The festival will be the culmination of celebrations across the UK. In the four days prior to 28 August, events will take place in the UK’s four capital cities where four flames will be lit. The flames will then travel from Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London to combine to form the Paralympic Torch at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, before commencing a 24-hour relay to London for the Paralympic Games opening ceremony.
The Stoke Mandeville celebrations will be the focus for VIPs including heads of state, political and commercial leaders visiting the UK and International Olympic Committee dignitaries. LOCOG (the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) consider this to be the most important of their 76 night-time celebrations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As capacity at the stadium will be limited, AVDC is keen to see if a dual event can be staged with the commemorative event taking place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and a celebratory event in Aylesbury town centre. The council is exploring what funding it could attract for such an event and also what form the celebrations might take, including relaying activities from the stadium to a big screen in the town.
Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is hugely exciting and we are very proud to be hosting the Flame Festival in Aylesbury Vale. Our district is playing a vital role in London 2012 and these preparations allow the people of Aylesbury Vale the opportunity to be inspired and have an active involvement in what will be an international sporting spectacle. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so we’re pulling together our resources to ensure the Vale is really ‘going for gold’ and climbs onto the national and international podium in 2012.”
As well as hosting the Paralympic Flame Festival, the Olympic torch relay will be visiting the Vale on 9 July, with full details of the route to be confirmed by the Games’ organising committee shortly.
With less than six months to go until the start of the 2012 Games, AVDC is producing a toolkit to help local communities organise their own Olympic and Paralympic themed events. The toolkit will include items such as spread-sheets for organising team and individual events, generic advertising leaflets, sample certificates and advice on recruiting volunteers.
If you are thinking of holding an event in your parish and would like to receive a copy of the toolkit, please call Helen White on (01296) 585195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org