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Olympic Torch to Visit Village - posted November 22nd, 2011

Hethersett has been singled out for a special visit from the 2012 Olympic torch on its way to the London games in July next year.

Although our village is not on the official route for the torch, we have been recognised for "outstanding efforts" in support of the London games. That support has seen our Olympic Weekend gain national recognition over the past two years for providing more events per head of population than any other village, town or city in the entire country.

As a result the torch will make a detour to visit us on Thursday 5th July, 2012 as Gary Wyatt reports:

"Word started to go round the village the previous Friday that Hethersett was to expect an exciting announcement on Monday 7th November. Over the weekend we learned that all the hard work and lobbying put in by Shane Hull and his Olympic committee had paid off. The route of the Olympic torch around Britain next summer was not scheduled to pass through Hethersett, but a special 'off route' early morning visit of the torch has been arranged for Thursday 5th July 2012 after it pauses overnight in Norwich and before it continues on its journey south. This is a great honour for Hethersett, possibly a unique occasion for the torch route, and is in recognition of the enthusiasm of the village in organising the Olympic weekend events for the past two years. 

"To mark the announcement, BBC Look East visited on Monday evening and did a live broadcast from the Library car park. Hethersett turned out in force, with children from the village schools showing banners and flags for all the region to see on television. Shane and Alice (the high school head girl) were interviewed live by the presenter, which must have been a terrifying experience, but both coped very well. Shane and his team deserve the highest praise for their efforts and we all look forward to next July.