The London 2012 Olympic torch will light up Shropshire communities in May next year as it passes through the former ancient Borough of Wenlock – including Benthall, Broseley, Ironbridge and, of course, Much Wenlock. The flame’s historic journey through Wenlock honours the birthplace of William Penny Brookes, founder of the Wenlock Olympian Games and the inspiration for the revival of the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. It also pays tribute to the many years of hard work given by the volunteer members of the Wenlock Olympian Society past and present who have maintained and preserved Brookes’ ideals.
Milner Whiteman, Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Torch is coming through Much Wenlock, Broseley and Benthall and calling in at the home town of Dr William Penny Brookes who inspired the re-birth of the Modern Olympic Games.” Councillor Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for active and healthy lifestyles, said: “It is a great honour and fantastic opportunity to showcase our beautiful county to the world. We hope that everyone who wants to will be able to take to the streets to wave their flags as the Torch Relay runs through Shropshire on its journey to London.”
Shropshire Council is offering support to individuals, communities and organisations wishing to celebrate and be part of the Torch Relay experience. Please get in touch with Joy Durrant at the Community Arts & Festivals Team on 01743 255077 firstname.lastname@example.org.