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Olympic Torch Shines the Light

Torchbearer on Tram

30 June 2012

Thousands celebrated as the Olympic flame arrived at Black CountryLivingMuseum and Dudley Canal Trust today, on Day 43 of its epic 70 day, 8,000 mile journey to the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Flag-waving families lined the streets as the torch shone a light on two of the region’s favourite destinations. 

 Torchbearer Dennis Sanders carried the iconic flame along the spectacular blue-green waterways of the DudleyTunnelBranchCanal aboard 100-year old steam narrow boat, President.  Continuing by foot, Mr Sanders journeyed  through the Black Country Living Museum’s historic village where a Torchbearer ‘kiss’ took place against the backdrop of the Museum’s 1909 open top tram, Tram 49.   The flame continued by tram and foot to the Springfield Brewery War Memorial where the flame was placed into a lantern.   Torchbearer, Rosemary Porter, relit the Olympic Flame outside the Museum’s main entrance before beginning the journey along Tipton Road towards Birmingham for the evening celebration in CannonHillPark  

Andrew Lovett, Director and Chief Executive of Black Country Living Museum said: “The Olympic Torch Relay is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience and it was wonderful to see Museum staff and visitors enter into the spirit of the day.  Many visitors dressed up in costume in keeping with the period of the Museum village and everyone who attended left with a lasting memory of a very special day.

“A great deal of work took place behind the scenes to make the event such a success and I’d like to thank everyone who played a part.  We can be very proud to think that a little bit of the Black Country will shine when the Olympic cauldron is lit in London on 27 July”.

June Hodgetts, General Manager of Dudley Canal Trust, said: “Today has been a fabulous day for the Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Mines.  The music has been loud, the children have all made their flags and decorated the site and then waited patiently for the arrival of the torch. To watch the torch enter our site and board President steam powered narrow boat with all the cheering and waving from the community groups and the level of noise as the torch entered was amazing and it was a moment in history that the people of Dudley will never forget.  I don’t think I have ever been more proud to live and work in the Black Country.”

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Melvyn Mottram said: "This was Dudley's moment to shine and we certainly made the most of it as the torch made its journey to Dudley Canal Trust and Black CountryLivingMuseum.

"The events at CoseleySchool and SilverJubileePark in Coseley, the ward I am proud to represent as a councillor, also provided excellent activities for all the family and added a real sense of community to the torch relay event.

"It was an honour to be a guest at the Museum on such an historic day and I was delighted to see so many people out along the torch route making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity."

More than 370,000 people have already welcomed the flame to the West Midlands, with a further ¾ million expected to see it over the next three days

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