Olympic torch could pass through Royston

THE Royston 2012 Committee has said they are “living in hope” that the Olympic torch will pass through Royston, with the route announced in April.

But the committee, which was set up at the end of last year to promote Olympic themed events in Royston, admitted they don’t have much say over whether the artefact will stop off.

Chairman Cllr Lindsay Davidson said: “We are living in hope and such a decision over the route of the Olympic torch relay is unfortunately completely out of our hands.

“We realise, however, that such an event would be an immense attraction and a really exciting occasion for our Town. We have made it absolutely clear that we would love to see the Olympic torch relay coming through Royston.”

John Fuller of Hertfordshire Ready for Winners said that it was possible the torch would pass through the town, but said the committee could still organise its own attraction.

“The details about the Olympic torch relay are still to be announced, but there is no reason to prevent Royston organising its own torch relay,” he said.

“This would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone involved. It is an opportunity to create local excitement and involvement, and to look to establish a permanent legacy for the future.”

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Meanwhile, the committee has organised for local schools to design a logo for Royston 2012.

Other events for 2012, which has been given the tag ‘A Year of Celebrations’ by the committee, include the Queen’s Jubilee, the 850th Anniversary of the founding of the Priory, the Royston May Fayre, The Arts Festival and Royston in Bloom.

These could all be given an Olympic theme by the committee.