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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wrexham plans warm welcome home for Olympic stars

Wrexham will welcome its London 2012 Olympians in style on September 28 with a free public celebration event on Llwyn Isa, the green in front of the Guildhall.
The WOW – Wrexham’s Olympic Winners event will see circus acts and sporting activities, music and song for all the family to enjoy.
The event will take place between 4.00 and 6.00 pm.
Two of Wrexham's Olympians, Tom James and Chris Bartley are able to attend the celebration being held in their honour and are looking forward to being back in Wrexham.

Wrexham's young sporting ambassadors and elite athletes have all been invited and will form a special guard of honour to escort the athletes to the Guildhall where they will receive a civic welcome by the Mayor before making an appearance on the balcony and taking a walk on the green.

A big screen will be set up on the green which will show footage of Wrexham's young athletes and of course highlights from the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics that have raised everyone's spirits these past few weeks.

Music and entertainment will be provided by Wrexham's Community Choir and Nofitstate circus who are making their first appearance in Wrexham for over 10 years.

Sporting clubs and associations from around the county borough will be providing demonstrations and tasters to encourage youngsters to take up a sporting activity.

Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council, said: "We want this event to be an occasion that everyone can enjoy and show their appreciation for the significant achievements of our three Olympians.

"The theme of the London 2012 Olympics was to inspire a generation and these athletes have certainly done that for young people in Wrexham.

"There are many clubs and associations in Wrexham that offer olympic sports' training such as swimming and fencing, tennis and gymnastics and we hope the London 2012 Olympics and the successes of Tom, Chris and Vicky will inspire them to want to achieve success in sports. Everyone will be welcome to enjoy the activities on the green and give a very warm Wrexham welcome to our returning Olympians."

All planned activities will be weather dependent. In the event of rain, some activities may be moved to an alternative location.

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