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Paralympic flame visits Cheshire Police HQ

Published date: 31 August 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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Cheshire Police Authority chairman Margaret Ollerenshaw and assistant chief constable Janette McCormick with Jenny Wilson and the Paralympic flame 

CHESHIRE Police has welcomed the Paralympic flame to its headquarters.

Four days of celebrations took place across the borough as the flame visited Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford.

The flame arrived at the Cheshire Police headquarters in Winsford in a Bentley car and was handed to wheelchair athlete Jenny Wilson.

Police headquarters staff lined the side of the roads to cheer Jenny and the other flame bearers as they carried the lamp to the NeuroMuscular Centre.

Cheshire Police Authority chairman Margaret Ollerenshaw said: “Seeing the courage and dedication which people with disabilities put into their sport and the pleasure they obviously get from it is inspiring.

“Even when the sport may not be at Olympian or Paralympian level, the approach is the same.

“The Olympic spirit has touched us all and it has been a tremendous experience to be associated with it in any way. A few weeks ago thousands of people turned out to watch the Olympic Torch pass through Cheshire.

“I had the opportunity to visit the control centre where senior police officers and officers from local councils and other organisations worked together to make sure its journey was trouble-free.

“People enjoying the sight of the flame being carried through the streets probably had little idea of the amount of work going on behind the scenes. That is always true when events are well-organised.

“It was a marvellous example of the way the constabulary and other agencies can combine their efforts to achieve success.”

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