Olympic Torch comes to Swansea
Date Published: 12/05/2012
AWARD-winning male voice choir Only Men Aloud will be among the entertainment in a special event to mark the day the Olympic Torch arrives in Swansea.
The choir has now been confirmed as part of the line-up for the free Evening Celebration Event at Singleton Park on Saturday May 26.
The celebration will enable thousands of people to enjoy a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) and the three presenting partners of the Torch Relay – Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
The event will be split into two parts: A Sports Village and an Olympic Torch Evening Celebration.
The Sports Village will be open from 1pm to 5pm and will offer people the chance to take part in and find out more about a range of different sports. About 25 stalls will be made available where people can try a range of Olympic sports, including football, judo and fencing. Masterclass areas with demonstrations in sports like boxing and gymnastics will also be available. The Ospreys will be on hand to offer expert rugby coaching sessions.
An information tent will also be set up to offer a range of physical activities, cookery demonstrations and tips on how to grow you own food.
The event forms part of a Swansea Council campaign called Be Part of It that's encouraging people to embrace the Olympic spirit and enjoy the benefits of sport and exercise.
Gates for the Evening Celebration will open at 4pm.
Swansea Council will present two, ten-minute slots of locally-programmed entertainment during the evening celebration. This will include Only Men Aloud and the Mark Jermin stage school.
The three Presenting Partners will also each provide 20 minutes of entertainment for the event. This will include Coca Cola showcasing up-and-coming live music acts, Lloyds TSB bringing acrobatic performances to the site and Samsung staging dance performances.
The last Torchbearer of the day in Swansea will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the Singleton Park event towards the end of the performances.
Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council's Strategic Manager for Tourism, Marketing and Events, said: "Tickets are still available for what's going to be a fantastic afternoon and evening of top quality entertainment and celebration.
"The combination of sports activities, demonstrations and a varied programme of live music means it's an event that will cater for all ages and tastes. The Olympics and Paralympics coming to London is major coup for the UK as a whole and this is a great opportunity for local people to feel part of what's going to be a memorable occasion.
"Tickets are free and will guarantee entry to both events at Singleton Park. They're starting to go pretty quickly, so I'd urge people to get hold of theirs as soon as possible to make sure they don't miss out."
Visit http://www.swanseabepartofit.co.uk to get hold of tickets or call 01792 637300. People can also apply for their free tickets from the Tourist Information Centre on Plymouth Street.
Tickets will be limited to a maximum of five per household and won't be posted out until about a week before the event. Tickets will be accompanied by letters that will include a map of Singleton Park, timings and suggested car park locations.