Busy schedule for relay day

London 2012 Olympic Torch

London 2012 Olympic Torch

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GIANT seagulls, synchronised swimming and zany street theatre will welcome the Olympic Torch as it travels through Wyre later this month.

Wyre Council hopes an array of activities will capture the crowd’s imagination as locals gather to watch the iconic flame.

The London 2012 torch will start its journey across the Fylde coast in Wyre on Friday June 22.

Travelling from Kendal, the torch will arrive in Garstang at 2.25pm to be greeted by Coun Don Lawrenson, mayor of Wyre.

The High Street car park will be closed to traffic as the area plays host to the likes of tennis taster sessions, jazz bands and aikido displays.

From Garstang the torch will travel through St Michael’s where local schools are gearing up to give it a warm welcome and into Fleetwood and Rossall School where it will be taken on board a tram.

At Fleetwood, most of the activity will take place from 1pm around the Marine Gardens, where the crowds will be entertained by dance, gymnastics and cheerleading displays from local schools and organisations.

Some madcap street theatre is also planned courtesy of the Fairly Famous Family who have appeared at festivals all over the world.

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Down the coast at Cleveleys, entertainment is focused on the promenade piazza and Victoria Road West, which will be closed to traffic.

Activities including judo, salsa, street dance and choirs, will starts at 2pm. A beach football tournament will also kick off at 3pm.

Coun Don Lawrenson (left) said: “This is a great occasion for Wyre. We are lucky enough to have the torch here for three whole hours and we intend to make the most of it.

“The idea is to create a very family-friendly atmosphere with lots going on to keep people entertained while they wait for the relay to arrive. We’ve gone for a very visual programme.”

The torch will make its way into Blackpool later that afternoon where a seafront welcome concert will be held in the evening.

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