Olympic flame to visit Worcestershire’s New Road HQ

Worcestershire’s New Road ground has been chosen as a venue for this year’s Olympic Torch Relay.

The Olympic Torch will be used to light a giant celebration cauldron at New Road when it is carried into the ground on May 24.

The Worcester event, the first in the West Midlands, will take place at the end of the Olympic Torch’s first day in the region and on the sixth day of a 70-day tour around Britain after it arrives from Greece on May 18.

The torch will arrive in Worcester from another evening event in Cheltenham before being taken across the River Severn to Cardiff. The Torch Relay will visit Birmingham, Coventry and other parts of the West Midlands later in the Relay Tour.

“We are immensely excited to be able to play a part in bringing the Olympic spirit to Worcester and, with our experience of hosting major events, we look forward to welcoming local people to what promises to be an unforgettable evening of entertainment,” said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.

New Road is best known as a cricket ground but the venue has hosted an outdoor concert by Elton John and a service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the past.

The Torch Relay will include music and light shows before the cauldron is lit from the Olympic Flame.

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