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Shropshire communities give the Olympic Torch a special welcome

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The rain held off as thousands of people welcomed the Olympic Torch Relay in Shropshire on Wednesday 30 May 2012.

The Torch, carried by inspirational Torchbearers, stopped off in Oswestry, Pant, Llanymynech, Shrewsbury, Cressage, Much Wenlock, Benthall and Broseley on its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey around Britain.

For the thousands of people lining the streets, including approximately 40,000 in Shrewsbury, and the privileged few who carried the Olympic Flame, it was a day that will live long in the memory.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for active and healthy lifestyles, said:

“Today has had many highlights, including Olympic Archer Alison Williamson who carried the Torch in Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympics.

“Thousands of people packed into our towns to watch the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle and the atmosphere in every one was fantastic.

“It’s such a privilege to welcome the Torch to Shropshire not once but twice, and showcase our county to the world.”

For further information, pictures and video clips of the day, people can visit shropshire.gov.uk/london2012, follow us on Twitter @Shroptorchrelay or find us on Facebook by searching ‘Olympic Torch Relay Shropshire’