Olympic Torch Receives Warm Welcome at Holiday Inn Sheffield

A large welcoming committee at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield, UK, greeted the Olympic Torch at a reception hosted by the hotel.

The Holiday Inn brand is the official hotel services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a supporting partner for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Olympic sponsors, local celebrities, and members of the UK Sports Federations were in attendance at the reception.

Nick Clegg said, ‘It was an honour to be part of welcoming the Olympic flame to our city.

Monday’s events fired the starting gun for Sheffield’s Olympic celebrations, but the city’s hard work started a long time ago. By the time the opening ceremony begins, one in seven team GB athletes will have trained in Sheffield including Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley, who is tipped for a medal win. And of course we all have high hopes for Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis.

But this isn’t just about watching a great sporting spectacle on TV. Here in Sheffield over 160 sports, education and community projects have been inspired by the Olympics – the Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders in Sport is recruiting young people to lead sports events in schools and Sheftival 2012 will see the best of our city’s music, radio and sport completely take over Don Valley for the first weekend in August.’

The hotel general manager, Steven Vandevelde, said, ‘We were thrilled that our hotel was elected to host the Official Torch Relay party, particularly as it coincides with the hotels 150th birthday. It is wonderful that Sheffield, the UK City of Sport, was so honoured and we are absolutely delighted that our guests and our team had the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame, as it journeys across the UK, carried by the 8,000 inspirational people.’


The Olympic flames tour unveiled

There will be 8,000 torchbearers, taking a 70-day journey that will come within ten miles of 95 per cent of Brits.

The tour will begin at Lands End on May 19 and continue on to the Olympic Stadium where it will arrive on July 27.

Every street it passes though will be plotted on an interactive map.

However it has been highlighted that 80 per cent of the flame’s tour will take place in a high security van, each torch bearer will take it just 300m on foot.

The bearers will be dressed in white and gold tracksuits designed by Adidas, sponsors of the games, which have been compared to pyjamas.

The outfits are supposed to ‘accent the energy of the Olympic flame’, however when revealed yesterday the 100 per cent polyester outfits have been called a fashion failure.

But Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he ‘thoroughly approved’ of the gold tracksuits.

They are beautiful outfits. They are lovely. They are elegant but not too austere,’ he said.

It is hoped that Stella McCartney’s design for the British tea will bring more style to the games.

Yesterday saw 7,300 people named as torchbearers after being nominated as unsung heroes of their communities.

The remaining 700 are likely to be celebrities and will be named later in the spring.