One year to go to London 2012

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FYLDE’S MP has attended a special event to mark one year until the start of London 2012.

Mark Menzies this week attended the All Party Parliamentary London 2012 Group reception to show his commitment to Britain’s biggest sporting event since the Commonwealth Games.

Attendees toasted the transformation of parts of England ready for the Olympic Games next summer and the commitment of the London 2012 team.

Mark Menzies said: “It has been great to celebrate all those who have contributed to realising the London 2012 dream.

“There’s only one year to go and now is when the hard work will really begin for the thousands of athletes taking part, training hard and hoping to be the best their country has to offer.

“I’m looking forward to cheering on all of our great athletes.”

The event marked England welcoming athletes and spectators to its shores for the Olympics next summer.

“The one-year-to-go mark is London’s invitation to the world to come to the Games,” said London 2012 chief Lord Coe. 

“We share the nation’s excitement and we won’t let you down,” he added.

Mr Menzies has nominated local boxer Scott Cardle, along with his mother Irene and father Joe, to carry the Olympic flame on its tour of the UK in the run up to the opening ceremony of the games.

He has also worked with Fylde Borough Council and Lytham resident Cath Powell, Community Centre Development Manager at Park View 4U, to submit a bid to try to bring the Olympic torch tour to Lytham.

He said: “Scott is an inspirational young man. 

“His skill and determination in his sport is admirable and I think this is a great way to honour that and the support that his parents have always given him.

“Bringing the torch parade to Lytham would also be a huge boost for the Olympic spirit here in Fylde.”

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