Olympic countdown begins 

Attendees at the Olympic countdown
Attendees at the Olympic countdown event.

Bolton’s medal hopefuls joined the Mayor of Bolton to celebrate the countdown to the  2012 London Olympic Games.

Yesterday, cyclist Jason Kenny, member of the British judo squad Josh Ramm and boxer Chris Blinkhorn appeared at the event along with a number of Special Olympians, council officials and prominent members of the community.

They heard a speech from Councillor Noel Spencer, Mayor of Bolton, on what the games means for the town, and what the prospect of bringing a medal back to the North West would mean to Josh, and to Transplant Games hopeful, badminton player Dave Clarke.

Meanwhile hundreds of people took advantage of an array of activities to promote the countdown in Victoria Square, including a boxing arena, a climbing wall, a media box, and arts and crafts.

Councillor Noel Spencer, Mayor of Bolton, said: “This event is a celebration of Bolton’s sporting successes to date, and a chance to look to the future. We are all extremely proud of our athletes.

“Bolton has a range of exciting plans leading up to the games. This includes the torch relay, where the Olympic Flame will be coming to the town on Thursday 31 May as part of its journey around the UK. We are also one of only two places in Greater Manchester chosen to host an evening celebration event – an amazing accolade.

“These are exciting times for Bolton and I’m sure you will join me in wishing every success to all our Olympic hopefuls.”

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