Beacon lights way to 2012 Olympics

SHINING LIGHTS -- Hucknall netball coach Karen Cresswell hands the beacon to swimmer Ollie Hynd
SHINING LIGHTS -- Hucknall netball coach Karen Cresswell hands the beacon to swimmer Ollie Hynd

OLYMPIC fever gripped Hucknall as hundreds of people turned out for an event designed to launch the countdown to the London 2012 Games.

Ashfield District Council planned the ‘Ashfield Beacon Circuit’, which saw a torch relayed from Sutton along a route which ended at the Hucknall adiZone at the Albert Street recreation ground, next to Hucknall Leisure Centre.

Around 150 people were there to welcome it as disabled swimmer and European champion Ollie Hynd, of Kirkby, brought it into the finishing straight.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is Ashfield District Council’s deputy leader, said: “It was a tremendous turnout with all the people there. The aim was to launch momentum for the Games proper.

“The atmosphere was electric and people were delighted to see Ollie and were getting his autograph. Hopefully it will be something that promotes fitness as some people ran along the route of the beacon and really got involved.”

The beacon was unveiled recently at the finale of the Active Ashfield Games and Saturday’s relay was held to coincide with the London 2012 Open Weekend, marking one year to go until the Games.