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Bexley celebrates Olympian efforts

PUBLISHED: 12:44 17 December 2012

Cllr Don Massey (left) with Peter Wilkes from Sidcup Rotary Club, who provided more than a quarter of Bexley's volunteers

Cllr Don Massey (left) with Peter Wilkes from Sidcup Rotary Club, who provided more than a quarter of Bexley's volunteers

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Bexley's Olympic torch relay volunteers have been recognised during a special ceremony.

Representatives from more than 60 groups and organisations provided entertainment or took part in workshops on July 22 as excitement reached fever pitch for the first torch relay in England for 64 years.

The event at the Europa Centre in Maiden Lane in Crayford last week saw every volunteer presented with a certificate and Olympic baton, while having the opportunity to have their photos taken with an Olympic torch.

Cllr Don Massey said: “Our volunteers played a key role in staging one of the biggest celebrations in this borough’s history. More than 100,000 people lined the streets.

“This event was designed to share our immense pride in the commitment, dedication and professionalism of our volunteers.”

More than 100 volunteers offered assistance along the course of the route to help revellers.

The batons carry a message from Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, which reads: “This is a gift from the government to recognise your commitment, enthusiasm and hard work as a volunteer helping to deliver the London 2012 Games.

“We hope you will see it as a lasting memento and an expression of the country’s (and the borough’s) gratitude.”

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