Committee 'very hopeful' Olympic flame will pass through Royston

PUBLISHED: 15:20 26 August 2011

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Royston's 2012 committee are getting "very hopeful" the Olympic torch will pass through the town.

It was revealed on Monday at a meeting of the town council’s finance committee that both the Royston area committee and the county-wide Olympic project Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners are working to get the iconic flame to visit the town on its journey around the country.

Town councillor and chairman of the Royston 2012 Committee Lindsay Davidson said: “We’re very hopeful that the Olympic torch, will come through Royston on July 8.

“The area committee has very kindly sent a letter to The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) asking for the torch to come through Royston, as has Baldock area committee, as Baldock and Royston arre the two towns in North Herts that the torch should come through.

“We have got our partner organisation Hertfordshire Ready for Winners actively lobbying on our behalf.”

The Olympic Torch is passing through Cambridge on July 7, and Luton on July 8.

Cllr Davidson also announced plans for a number of commemorative and legacy projects, including putting up a flagpole in Priory Gardens, and a schools project.

“We’re embarking on a very exciting schools project in September,” she said.

“We’re going to be asking middle school and senior school pupils to become young reporters and report on all the events which could be put together into a book at the end of the year – which we would like to make one of the permanent mementos and legacies of the year.”

A DVD may also be produced by senior pupils.

However, Cllr F John Smith was concerned the town would be red-faced if an event was not organised on the date of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

He said: “I think we would look a bit silly if on the day that commemorates the succession of Her Majesty, we don’t do anything given all the other things we’re doing.

“On the other hand, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee was commemorated in Royston by the building of a very grotty bandstand and I do feel that again the town might look slightly silly if it puts up a flagpole and isn’t doing anything to deal with the bandstand.”

It was acknowledged the bandstand was not the responsibility of the town council, as it falls under North Herts District Council’s remit, and the authority said it would look into an event to be held on the Queen’s Jubilee.

The Crow was thanked for its support and coverage of the Royston 2012 plans.

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