Thousands of tickets are up for grabs for the city's Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration event and residents are being urged to act fast to claim their place at this once in a lifetime spectacle.
From today (23 April) 6,000 tickets have become available through Ticketmaster’s website allowing people the first chance to get their hands on tickets for the live music and stage show set for Hanley Park on Wednesday May 30, 2012.
Tickets can be obtained via Ticket Master: Olympic Torch Relay Evening. While tickets are free of charge there will be a nominal booking fee of 0.78p or tickets can be obtained from Stoke-on-Trent Tourist Infomration Centre.
The show, which is set to start at 5pm, will last for nearly three hours and will see the Olympic Flame arrive in the park as part of the celebrations finale. During the evening there will be a top music act and guest sport stars appearing, incredible acrobatic performances as well as inspirational local cultural content and digital displays.
A further 6,000 tickets are being distributed at the request of London 2012 to the Torch Relay Presenting Partners, schools participating in the Torch Relay Community Parade, Torchbearers and Children’s Promise families. Young people from every community in Stoke-on-Trent will be attending the event.
Those who are not able to get evening celebration tickets can still line the streets through Shelton for the schools parade where nearly 1,000 children and young people from local schools, colleges and universities will represent Olympic nations on their way to Hanley Park.
Further free entertainment will take place in Hanley Park before the torch passes through the city’s streets and thousands of people are expected to line the streets to witness their own Olympic moment.
Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, said: “The evening celebration looks set to be one of, if not the biggest event the city has ever hosted. The eyes of the world will be on Stoke-on-Trent during that evening and this is the chance for local people to be part of this summer’s Olympic Games. If people cannot get tickets to the event then I hope they line the streets and see the Olympic Torch pass through our city. When the Olympic Torch is here, we are the Olympics.
“We have a unique opportunity to show what Stoke-on-Trent has to offer and take our place as a city that can hold its own in the international spotlight.”
Councillor Mohammed Pervez, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, added: “The city council is proud to be involved with the Olympic Torch Relay. This is a great way to bring people from all areas of the community together to unite as one city to show what a great place Stoke-on-Trent is to live. I’m sure these tickets will be snapped up very quickly so I would encourage residents to apply early to avoid disappointment.”
The Flame will arrive in Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday May 30 at 6:34pm on the Stoke Road junction of Station Road before moving on to Avenue Road, College Road, Cleveland Road and the Parkway before entering the event arena.
Following the evening celebration the Flame will be stored overnight in the city before taking in the City Centre, Burslem, Middleport, Tunstall and out of Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday May 31.
Further information about the event can be found at www.stoke.gov.uk/olympics2012
Richard French, Chairman of the Queensland Residents Assocaition (Little Chell and Stanfield Ward), has asked me to put a link to his webpage as he wanted people to know that he'd felt discriminated against because he had to have a credit card and a internet connection to get the tickets - you can read Richard's objects here