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Civic receptions for East Lancashire's Olympic heroes
10:00am Saturday 25th August 2012 in News
OLYMPIC heroes Samantha Murray and Jon Schofield will be guests of honour at a civic reception in Clitheroe today.
The pair, who won silver and bronze respectively in the modern pentathlon and kayacking, will then lead the town’s historic torchlight procession in the evening, starting at 7.45pm.
Steven Burke, who won gold in the cycling team pursuit, will also be officially welcomed back to Colne today for a lap of honour around the town centre in an open-top car.
His procession begins at Colne railway station at 2pm and ends with an official welcome on stage outside the town hall at 2.45pm.
People are being encouraged to get involved and cheer on all the Olympians.
Preparations are also well under way for a special civic reception for Blackburn Harriers three Olympic final heroines as the borough works on the latest stages to its own sporting festival.
Representatives from the town and Lancashire’s athletics club have been invited to a ceremony at Blackburn Town Hall the celebrate the success of Samantha and her collegues Sophie Hitchon and Holly Bleasdale.
Only the date now needs to be fixed.
Sophie qualified for the hammer final, setting a new British Record to get there and Holly qualified for the pole vault final finishing in the top six.
Blackburn with Darwen’s Mayor Zamir Khan, council leader Kate Hollern and the chief executive, Harry Catherall will attend the ceremony to take place next month at Blackburn Town Hall.
In keeping with the Olympic spirit, the club will bring its young potential Olympic stars of the future.
Coun Hollern, said: “We are so proud of the Blackburn Harriers and their Olympic athletes and we are looking forward to welcoming them like the champions they are.”