Why was Olympic torch visit kept secret from village?

I don’t know if people were aware, but the Olympic torch passed through Newstead when it visited Nottinghamshire.

I was told that the councillors (must have been members of Nottingham City Council) had their photos taken in front of Newstead Abbey with the torch. It was then put on a bus and carried on its way.

Newstead Primary School found out and I think the children went outside to see it pass by, but that is all I know.

I just wondered why it was kept secret from the residents of Newstead.

PAT

HARVEY,

Newstead

Residents

Association,

Newstead.