The 2012 Olympic Torch.

Olympic flame ignites enthusiasm for Bloxwich Party in the Park

The 2012 Olympic Torch.

Bloxwich residents will strike gold at their own Olympic jamboree this summer, and organisers have been recruiting stars from the local community to take centre stage at a special festival event on Saturday 30 June between11.00am – 4.00pm.

Being held to mark the historic procession of the Olympic Flame through Bloxwich, which will enter the borough on the A34 Stafford Road to the north of Bloxwich at around 11.58am (see our previous story), Walsall Council’s District Town Centre Management team have assembled a team of singers, bands, dancers and performers.

Regeneration Assistant Nikki Rolls, who is well-known for organising public events in Bloxwich through her work with Bloxwich Business Partnership and other local organisations, said this year’s Party in The Park will showcase the vibrancy, talent and community spirit which exists in Bloxwich:

“The Bloxwich town centre summer event is one of the most popular in the calendar and has grown in stature year on year,” she said.

“This year, to celebrate the Olympic torch passing through Bloxwich on 30 June, we aim to make it even more special with a wealth of live entertainment based in Bloxwich Park.

“We want to give local people a platform to enjoy themselves by sharing their enjoyment and expressions of music and theatre.

“There is also a mix of activities happening in the town from walkabout acts, face painting, traditional stalls, live music, children’s rides, donkeys, a mini Olympic games area, Olympic themed workshops and a picnic in the park area for families to bring their own picnic.”

Councillor Adrian Andrew, Cabinet member for Regeneration, is urging people to support the event:

“Bloxwich is showing the way with such a fabulous celebration,” he said.

“I want the local community to get into the spirit of the Olympics and make the Party in the Park as good, if not better, than any of the other events taking place in this country.”

Councillor Louise Harrison, Chair of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, added:

“This is a once in life time event and something Bloxwich people can be proud of for many years to come. As a Bloxwich resident myself I will be attending and urge everyone to get involved, it will be a fantastic day.”

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