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Special Olympics Torch Run comes to Hull - 28/07/17
The Special Olympics GB’s national games are to be held in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this August and the official special Olympics torch run with the ‘Flame of Hope’ commenced on 27 July. Following visits to Much Wenlock in Shropshire and Ripon in North Yorkshire, the Torch will come to Hull on Wednesday 2 August.

Special Olympics athletes Adam Loubani, Timothy Wong, Mary Nolan, Duncan Burdass, Alice Bratton, Michael Simm, Owen Garsides, Harriet Beilby, Isaac Thompson, Ben and Milli Leech will accompany the Torch from the William Wilberforce Statue at 12.30pm, through Queens Gardens, for arrival at the Queen Victoria monument at 1pm. People are invited to come and cheer the athletes on along their route.

At the Queen Victoria monument the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor John Hewitt and the Lady Mayoress, Honorary Alderman Betty Hewitt will welcome the athletes and the Torch to the city before wishing them well on their way to the Games via Wakefield and South Yorkshire.

The Flame will be passed between athletes from each region then finally to a Special Olympics GB Yorkshire and Humberside region athlete. This final athlete will pass the Flame to the waiting South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable who will light the symbolic cauldron to mark the official start of the Games.

In the region of 2,600 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities will take part in 20 sports events over four days, and will kick off with a spectacular Olympic-style Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 8 August at Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane.



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