A SPECIAL civic reception is being planned by Warwickshire County Council to celebrate the local heroes of the London 2012 Games.
The county council is inviting Warwickshire Olympians, Paralympians, Olympic Relay Torchbearers and people who made an Olympic effort to make London 2012 a success, to Shire Hall later this year to mark their contribution to the Games.
Warwickshire basked in the glow of the Olympic Flame during days 44 and 45 of its journey to Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony, and many local heroes carried the Torch around the county. Those who did not have commercial sponsorship had their torches sponsored by the county council as a legacy pledge to take them into their communities.
There were many volunteers and people who also worked with the Games organisers to ensure that the Torch Relay and full benefit of the 2012 Olympics was felt in the county.
And, of course, the Olympians and Paralympians from Warwickshire include Bedworth and Alcester’s famous son, showjumping gold medallist Nick Skelton, and Stratford adaptive rowing gold winner James Roe.
Cllr Alan Farnell, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “As the embers of the cauldron smoulder in the Olympic Stadium, now is the time to ensure that we continue the momentum of a memorable summer. This includes hosting an event to celebrate the achievements of the Warwickshire people who helped make London 2012 the glorious Games.
“The reception will be held in honour of those who played their part, whether behind the scenes as volunteers, or as Olympians or Paralympians, to showcase Britain at its best.
“London 2012 has left an indelible mark on our society and will have a lasting legacy in inspiring a generation of young people to embrace the Olympic spirit and achieve their goals.
“We look forward to welcoming our local heroes to Shire Hall later in the year.”
Communities in Alcester, Newbold-on-Stour, Alderminster, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth, and Rugby shared in the excitement of the Torch Relay when 157 Torchbearers carried the flame on its journey from Birmingham to Coventry and then onto Northampton.
The torch itself, which features 8,000 small cut-out circles representing each Torchbearer, was manufactured in Warwickshire by Bedworth’s Premier Sheet Metal.