Community ready for Torch Relay party

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MEMBERS of community groups in a Sheffield suburb are planning a celebration event to cheer the Olympic Torch on when it arrives in the city.

Residents and groups in Parson Cross in Sheffield have joined forces to stage the event on the Chaucer School playing fields, Chaucer Road.

They will cheer on the torch as it travels from Yew Lane, along Chaucer Road, on its way to the city centre on Monday, June 25.

The event is due to start at 3pm.

Nick Waterfield, of Parson Cross Initiative, said: “We’re really excited the organisers have planned to come through communities like Parson Cross.

“We have a range of family entertainment planned, including music, dancers, singing, the Chaucer School Steel Drums, a barbeque, face painting and a bouncy castle.

“We are also planning to have a competition for the best homemade torch at the event.”

Children living locally and schools in the area have been asked to make their own Olympic torches.

The winners will be given a prize donated by the local ASDA store and presented by David Blunkett, Labour MP for Brightside and Hillsborough.

Mr Waterfield said: “Parson Cross is on the up after a range of regeneration projects to create the new Chaucer District Centre.

“There is now a new Library Learning Centre and public square designed by international architects.

“Unfortunately the Torch isn’t coming through the new District Centre, but it is passing nearby.”