Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, today (7th November 2011) called on local schools in East Cleveland to turn and cheer on the Olympic Torch as it passed through local villages next June.
Tom said “This is a once in a lifetime event for East Cleveland. The 2012 Olympics are the first in Britain since 1948, and it may well be another 66 years before it comes back to this country.”
“I am told by the London Olympic Organising Committee that the Torch will be carried through the streets of East Cleveland as part of a leg from Middlesbrough and Redcar down to Whitby. It will be carried by runners through Saltburn, Brotton, Carlin How, Loftus and Easington on Monday 18th June.”
“I hope this is something everyone can enjoy, and I would hope the schools on the route will allow their pupils out of the classroom for a couple of hours for the ceremony, as, after all, it will be something those pupils can tell their own children about later in their life.”
“It will put East Cleveland on the world map in a true sense as part of a global transfer of the Olympic flame from Beijing to Britain via Brotton!”
“It will be a fantastic day for the whole area and our children must be there.”