Rugby’s countdown to the 2012 begins

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EXACTLY one year from today (Wednesday), the spectacular opening ceremony London 2012 Olympics will be underway.

As the countdown to the starting pistol for the games begins, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is making sure that the county receives maximum benefit from the showpiece event.

Cllr Helen Walton, Warwickshire County Council’s spokeswoman on the Olympics, said: “As we have seen with the Royal Wedding, large scale events such as the 2012 Olympic Games provide a fantastic opportunity for our communities to come together and celebrate. 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity and while we live in tough economic times, the county council is continuing to work with partner organisations to ensure that Warwickshire makes the most of the Olympics.”

Events were held on Saturday across Warwickshire as part of London 2012 Open Weekend. These included the Stratford-upon-Avon Community Games, the Brunswick Parent and Baby Trim Trail in Leamington Spa, and 12 different sport demonstrations at Rugby’s Ken Marriott Leisure Centre.

Cllr Walton added: “The event last weekend gave an opportunity for local people and visitors to join in to mark the nationwide one year countdown for the London 2012 Games. The open weekend helped to bring communities together in celebration of sport and culture and a chance for people of all age groups to participate in various activities and have fun.”

The procession of the Olympic Torch will be one of the highlights in the build up to the Games. Around 90 per cent of the UK’s population is estimated to be within an hour’s travel of the torch route, and Warwickshire County Council working with the organisers to bring the Olympic flame to the streets of the county so that residents can have their own Olympic moment with the iconic symbol of the 2012 celebrations.

An overnight stop on the torch route has already been confirmed in Coventry on July 2 and further announcements regarding the final route will be announced in November.