Updated: Friday, 22nd May 2020 @ 2:15pm

Inspiring a nation: Spirit of London 2012 Olympic Games brings together Manchester communities

Inspiring a nation: Spirit of London 2012 Olympic Games brings together Manchester communities

By Kevin Benson

Olympic spirit gripped us all this week – including two Greater Manchester Police officers who joined hundreds of residents in the Eastlands Homes Fun and Feedback day on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood police officers Wayne Mckay and John Slattery were pictured holding an Olympic torch at the event at Ashbury Meadow Primary School in Beswick.

The officers were out on patrol in the area when they arrived at the event to discuss crime prevention measures with the local community.

Wayne, a former gymnastics coach, said: “When I saw that there was an Olympic torch I couldn’t resist the opportunity of a photograph, it was great to be involved.”

The torch belonged the Claire Evans, the chief executive of 4CT, a local playscheme, who had been a torchbearer during the Olympic Torch relay in Prestwich on June 23.

Mrs Evans, who had been nominated by some of the young people she works with, said being a torchbearer was a very bizarre, amazing and unique experience.

“It’s like running the Manchester 10K all by yourself.

“I just couldn’t have done it without the fantastic level of support I had,” she said.

With Great Britain flying up the medals table, it is clear that the whole nation is getting involved, despite the Olympics taking place in London.

Mrs Evans said: “The torch relay really did something about getting the rest of the country involved in the Olympics – it’s engaged so many people.

“It just seems to have a magical effect on people, it makes people smile, it’s inspiring to people of all ages and everybody wants to reach out and hold the torch,” she added.

More information on the 4CT Playscheme can be found here.

Residents in the Openshaw and Beswick area can contact their neighborhood policing team on 0161 856 3502

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