CHANCE TO SHARE YOUR OLYMPIC TORCH EXPERIENCE WITH THE COUNTY

As thousands of residents line the Torch Relay route today (June 29) Derbyshire County Council is inviting them to share their experiences.

It has set up a number of ways people can have their say, keep track of the Torch’s progress and share their own photographs to be displayed on the council’s Flickr and Facebook sites. People joining in the Olympic Torch experience can:

• Upload photos to Flickr at www.flickr.com/groups/OlympicTorchRelay

• Email photos to econtent@derbyshire.gov.uk

• Tweet to @derbyshirecc

• Track the Torch’s journey through Derbyshire using #derbystorch

• Find out everything they need to know about the Torch Relay as it comes through the county at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/olympics

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “Whether you get a photo of the Torch in your town, a shot of your own street celebrations or a close-up of a Torchbearer, we would like you to share it with us.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Derbyshire people to see the Olympic Torch pass near their homes and we want to make sure we capture every moment.”

The county has welcomed news that the iconic flame will take its lunch stop at Highfields School in Matlock where staff and students have been gearing up to this summer’s Games since London’s successful bid was announced.

The school is signed up to the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ education programme, Youth Sports Trust, Voice of Sport Group and BBC World Class Olympic Dream Project which means it plays a key role in youth sports leadership and development.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Mike Longden will be joining staff and students on the day.

He said: “It’s a real honour that the Torch is stopping off at Highfields and a fantastic reward for all the hard work staff and students have put in to make it happen.

“I’m extremely proud and am looking forward to sharing in their enthusiasm in what will be a fantastic day for them and one which they’ll never forget.”

Headteacher Eddie Wilkes said the fact the Olympic Torch stopping off at the school was ‘brilliant’.

Meanwhile, residents are invited to visit Matlock Library, in Steep Turnpike, to join in the town’s celebrations with a family fun garden party.

County council Chairman Councillor George Wharmby will be chatting to residents and joining in activities including a picnic, craft activities, torch-making, dance performance, treasure hunt, face painting and storytime from 2pm to 5pm.

Find out more about the Olympic Torch Relay route at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/olympics

For media enquiries please contact Liz Tomes on 01629 538231.


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