Residents urged to claim their free tickets for Stoke-on-Trent Olympic celebration

Only 2,000 tickets remain for the Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration in Hanley Park on Wednesday May 30 in what is set to be the city’s biggest ever stage show.

Last month 6,000 tickets went up for grabs for the city’s Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration, now only 2,000 tickets remain available and residents are being urged to act fast to avoid disappointment.

Residents can apply for tickets up until 5pm on Friday May 18, 2012 at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/35004892BB7D90BB. While tickets are free of charge there will be a nominal booking fee.

As well as the 6000 tickets available to residents a further 6,000 tickets are being distributed at the request of London 2012 to the Torch Relay Presenting Partners, schools participating in the Torch Relay Community Parade, Torchbearers and Children’s Promise families. Young people from every community in Stoke-on-Trent will be attending the event.

The Flame will arrive in Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday May 30 at 6:34pm on the Stoke Road junction of Station Road before moving on to Avenue Road, College Road, Cleveland Road and the Parkway before entering the event arena.

Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, said

The evening celebration is set to be the biggest event the city has ever hosted and we are extremely proud to be hosting an event of such international significance. The eyes of the world will be on Stoke-on-Trent during that evening and this is the chance for local people to become part of this summer’s Olympic legacy.

There are still tickets available but people need to act quickly in order to secure their place. If people cannot get tickets to the event then I hope they line the streets and see the Olympic Torch pass through our city. We have a unique opportunity to show what Stoke-on-Trent has to offer and take our place as a city that can hold its own in the international spotlight.

Olympic partygoers will get to see the chart-topping Kids In Glass Houses perform live as well as guest appearances from a host of sport stars. There will also be incredible acrobatic performances and inspirational local cultural content and digital displays before the Olympic Torch arrives.

Those who are not able to get evening celebration tickets can still line the streets through Shelton for the schools parade where nearly 1,000 children and young people from local schools, colleges and universities will represent Olympic nations on their way to Hanley Park.

Councillor Mohammed Pervez, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, added

The city council is proud to be involved with the Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympics have brought people together from all walks of life and this is a great chance to unite the city as one and show what a great place Stoke-on-Trent is to live and work. It’s incredibly encouraging to see so many tickets already snapped up and I hope people take this opportunity to be part of something truly inspirational.

Further free entertainment will take place in Hanley Park before the Torch passes through the city’s streets and thousands of people are expected to line the route to witness their own Olympic moment.

Following the evening celebration the Flame will be stored overnight in the city departing from the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery at 7am on Thursday May 31, before taking in the City Centre, Burslem, Middleport, and out of Stoke-on-Trent.

Further information about the event can be found at www.stoke.gov.uk/olympics2012.

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