30 May 2012
The Olympic Torch will be weaving its way around the West Midlands on 30 June, and there are a host of events and activities to greet it on its journey.
The arrival of the Flame will start the Armed Forces Day celebrations at the National Memorial Arboretum and then make it’s way to Lichfield where there will be a day of sporting and cultural events including the Cathedral Dash, musical performances on Market Square, a national town crier competition and a Community Games.
As the Flame visits Tamworth, a festival will take place in the scenic grounds of Tamworth Castle, with plenty of activities for all the family to take part in. Walsall will then invite local people to try new sports, meet local sports clubs and watch street entertainers during its daylong event.
There will be sports demonstrations, live music and a troupe of line dancing Elvis Presley impersonators as the Flame passes through Wolverhampton. The Blue Peter Olympic Tour will also be at Wolverhampton’s West Park from 10am – 4pm. The Flame will then travel by open-air tram and a 100 year old steam powered canal boat when it reaches the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. Admission is by ticket only.
As the Flame travels through Oldbury, West Bromwich and Smethwick, the big event will be the Birmingham & Sandwell Mela in Victoria Park, Smethwick. The Flame will then move into Birmingham, where Cannon Hill Park will play host to an extra special night of music. The event will be headlined by chart-topping boy band, The Wanted, and will include performances by Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Soweto Kinch, The Antics, Sampad South Asian Arts and StreetGames. All tickets have now been allocated for this event.
Visit www.birminghamourgames.co.uk for details of events happening on and near the Torch route in Birmingham. All times approximate to the nearest half hour.