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Olympic Torch Relay - day 13 - Stoke to Bolton - May 31st 2012

  • Day 13 of the Olympic torch relay - Today the flame made its way from Stoke-on-Trent to Bolton.

  • The torch travelled 108 miles, being carried by 135 torchbearers through from Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent through Crewe, Macclesfield, Widnes, Warrington and Wigan onto Bolton.

  • Among those lining the streets were children from Bustehrad School in Lidice, in the Czech Republic. One of the pupils, 14-year-old Gustav, told BBC Radio Stoke: "We really appreciate being invited to Stoke-on-Trent to see this. It was really interesting and exciting because I've never seen anything like this before."

Children from Lidice - a Czech Republic village destroyed during Word War II were visiting Stoke-on-Trent to learn about the man who helped rebuild their home.

The massacre at Lidice in 1942 was ordered by Hitler following the assassination of one of his generals.

Sir Barnett Stross, a former councillor, led the Lidice Shall Live campaign to raise money for the village, Barnett Stross, along with local miners and other workers, raised what would now be 1m to help construct a new village after hearing what had happened to it.

 

 

Outside the Potteries Museum is Tony Pulis, manager of Stoke City Football Club, who was the first runner of the day 
Outside the Potteries Museum is Tony Pulis, manager of Stoke City Football Club, who was the first runner of the day 

54-year-old Tony Pulis has raised more than 100,000 this year for a local children's hospice by running the London Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

He is taking time off from a 960-mile charity bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End to carry the torch.

"I am extremely honoured to be given the privilege of representing Stoke-on-Trent and to be among those offered this most prestigious of opportunities," he told the BBC ahead of his relay leg.

"This is an historic event for the whole of Britain and it is an immensely proud feeling to be able to say that you are carrying the Olympic torch as part of that build-up."

 

preparations for the torch relay - the olympic rings outside Hanley Town Hall
preparations for the torch relay - the olympic rings outside Hanley Town Hall 

 

the gathering crowd reflected in the windows of BBC Radio Stoke
the gathering crowd reflected in the windows of BBC Radio Stoke 

 


in Albion Street, Hanley the police riders and torch bearers
in Albion Street, Hanley the police riders and torch bearers  

 

the torch bearers for the later stages make their way to the bus
the torch bearers for the later stages make their way to the bus

 

 


 

Tony Pulis makes his way up Albion Street on his stage of the relay
Tony Pulis makes his way up Albion Street on his stage of the relay 

 

BBC Radio Stoke's Denholm Seigertsz in Hanley says of crowds lining the street - "There were massive cheers when Tony Pulis ran past, his smile was so broad, I think it was the first time I'd ever seen him smile!"

 

the exchange of the olympic flame outside Hanley Town Hall
the exchange of the olympic flame outside Hanley Town Hall 

There were some umbrellas among the crowd in Stoke-on-Trent this morning - the skies awerere grey and overcast but that didn't stop the crowds coming out to see the Olympic flame.

 

 


 


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