Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'

Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme' Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'

Thousands turn out to welcome Olympic Torch to 'County Levenshulme'

Levenshulme village in South Manchester, which is home to the biggest Irish community outside of London was packed with thousands of people who lined the pavements along the A6, Stockport road. The local Police force estimated a crowd of over 2,000 people had turned out for the event which took place at 8am on Sunday 24th June.

Lawrence Hennigan from the Levenshulme traders said “It has been a great weekend; the whole community has turned out to celebrate the historic event. The event was a great family celebration with three and four generations of the local community getting up early to join in. I must thank all the traders who had given up their time to provide a free breakfast for everyone that turned up. That’s what a real community spirit is all about.”

Local traders provided a free outdoor breakfast for the huge crowd on the village green, whilst Levenshulme’s - Inspire centre put on another free breakfast at their centre. The whole community seemed to have made the effort to get up early to take part in the historic event. The Olympic Torch relay took place outside the village Green and local Levenshulme resident – Brenda Harkin, a coach from St Mary’s GAA club posed for pictures with local residents.

Brenda had carried the torch on Saturday 23 June in Higher Broughton and the community had held a massive celebration party in St Mary’s Parish centre on the same evening. She said about the event “It’s been a great turnout, I really enjoyed my day yesterday and meeting everyone again today. I have been going now for 23 hours so I feel like I have run a Olympics myself.”

The village started off its Olympic Torch celebrations on Friday 22 June with a giant outdoor film show and a search light was installed on the village green to beam out a light all over the North West. Then on Saturday 23 June it held an Olympic themed Street Market, plus an Olympic Art Competition for the children and a sponsored Olympic Bike ride.

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