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Filton residents win gold for best decorated house

Posted on Saturday 9th June 2012 at 6:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Olympic Torch Relay: Best decorated house prize winners.

Filton residents Doris Clifford and her daughter Mary Cullum have been crowned the winners in a competition to find the best decorated house on the Olympic Torch route through South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) launched the competition to encourage residents living along the relay route in Bitton, Longwell Green, Hanham and Filton to decorate their homes to welcome the Olympic Flame as it passed through our streets last week.

Doris, who is 88, along with her daughter Mary were presented with a selection of Olympic Team GB goodies by Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, for their brilliant efforts which included a life-size image of the Queen, a torch and some medals.

Mrs Clifford has lived in Southmead Road, Filton, for 53 years after moving to Bristol from Cheshire in 1941 to play her part in the war effort. She said:

“When we heard the torch was coming to our road we told everyone we were going to have a lovely view and Mary said we must do something. My theme was the royal balcony.”

Mary added:

“Yes, as soon as we heard the Torch was coming we thought we had to do something special. Then we got a letter from South Gloucestershire Council about the competition.”

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Olympic Torch ignites school children’s imagination

Posted on Tuesday 5th June 2012 at 12:07 am by SH (Editor)

Olympic torchbearer Malcolm Carr at Filton Hill Primary School.

Olympic torchbearer Malcolm Carr from Thornbury paid a visit to Filton Hill Primary School last week.

He was at the school to give excited children a closer glimpse of one of the torches used to carry the Olympic flame on its epic journey from Greece ahead of the London 2012 Games.

Malcolm, 59, was one of the first torchbearers to take the flame as it left South Gloucestershire on Tuesday 22nd May after thousands lined the streets through Bitton, Longwell Green and Hanham. His moment to shine came at approximately 6pm when he carried it along Nags Head Hill in Bristol, between Jockey Lane and Hillside Road.

Nominated by Lloyds TSB, his form stated: “Malcolm has been playing for Thornbury Town Football Club since 1980 and held various roles at the club including first team captain, secretary, treasurer and vice chairman. Every week he helps with training and assists the younger players in developing their skills and increasing their fitness. He is also now club physio and stands on the sidelines every week to treat injuries and to offer advice to players. As the longest serving member of the club, his commitment is an inspiration to the younger players. He has also recently taken up running and has completed the London Marathon twice, raising much needed funds for DreamFlight.”

Speaking about his once-in-a-lifetime experience, Malcolm said:

“It’s been wonderful. The day of the relay was amazing, especially with the huge crowds cheering me on. I have been amazed by the interest generated afterwards as well, especially by the children who want to hold the torch. It seems to have grabbed everyone’s imagination.”

He will also be visiting Charborough Road Primary School and Christ Church CofE Primary School in Hanham next month.

Thousands turn out to greet Olympic Torch Relay in Filton

Posted on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at 12:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Olympic Torchbearer Corinne Day is welcomed by the crowds in Filton.

Thousands of people lined Southmead Road in Filton earlier today to greet the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on day 5 of its 70-day journey around the United Kingdom.

Warm and sunny weather attracted a massive crowd, swelled by children from local schools and workers from the nearby Airbus factory who had been given time off for the occasion.

The torch, preceded by a convoy of sponsor vehicles crossed into South Gloucestershire at about 9:18am, 13 minutes behind schedule, after it had lost time by taking a wrong turning in North Somerset earlier in the morning.

Good-natured crowds, up to five deep in places, lined the route and people surged out into the road as the convoy approached.

The torch was carried into Filton by 58-year-old Corinne Day, nominated for her work as a Guide leader in Bristol.

On reaching the junction with Charborough Road, the Torch Relay continued “in convoy” to Chippenham after which it will visit Marlborough, Royal Wooton Basset, Swindon, Cirencester and Stroud before arriving at Cheltenham Racecourse for an evening celebration.

More photos of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Filton.

Click on the image above for lots more photos of the Olympic Torch Relay passing through Filton.

Olympic Torch to visit Filton on Wednesday

Posted on Sunday 20th May 2012 at 3:35 pm by SH (Editor)

The Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Filton, Bristo, on 23rd May 2012.

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will pass through part of Filton early this Wednesday (23rd May) as part of its 70-day national tour.

Day 5 of the torch’s journey, which started at Lands End on Saturday, will see it travel from Bristol to Cheltenham and Filton residents will have a chance to cheer it on as it covers a short stretch of Southmead Road.

The torch convoy is expected to cross the South Gloucestershire boundary near BAWA at 9:05am and proceed up to the junction with Charborough Road (9:09am), from where the torch will continue by vehicle towards Chippenham.

An ‘activation convoy’, which includes a police escort and lead car, with activation vehicles from each of the Presenting Partners (Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung) giving out keepsakes, will pass through around five minutes ahead of the torch.

South Gloucestershire Council says a rolling roadblock system will be used along Southmead Road from BAWA to the junction with Charborough Road, closing this section of road from about 8:45am in advance of the arrival of the torch and reopening once the convoy has passed.

Delays should be expected between 8am and 10am and you are advised to plan accordingly and to allow extra journey time. There are also likely to be delays on some bus services.

More info: The Olympic Torch visits South Gloucestershire

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