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2012 A year of celebration in Wiltshire

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2012 is proving to be an historic year for Wiltshire. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Olympic Torch coming to Wiltshire on two separate occasions and a huge community festival means that 2012 will live long in the memories of the thousands of people involved.

Wiltshire 2012 Festival of Celebration

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The Wiltshire 2012 Festival of Celebration took place on 11 July and crowds of more than 30,000 from far and wide gathered at Salisbury’s Hudson’s Field to enjoy the occasion.

The festival was held to celebrate the Olympic Torch coming back to Wiltshire and the opportunity it presented to unite communities and boost the local economy.

Headline acts and local performers entertained throughout the day before the Olympic Torch was carried to the event by local community worker Dolly Burnett and the iconic cauldron was lit, which signalled the torch’s overnight stay in the city.

The event finished with a spectacular firework display.

We have uploaded some photos to Flickr an online photo management sharing tool. We would love for you to share your photos with us as well which you can do through our Wiltshire 2012 group

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Olympic Torch

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The Olympic Torch visited the county on two separate occasions placing Wiltshire in a unique and privileged position.  On 22 May thousands of people lined the streets of Southwick, Trowbridge – including a lunchtime stop at Clarendon College and Bradford on Avon to see the torch’s first visit to the county.

The following day again thousands of people gathered to cheer the torch as it travelled through Chippenham, Calne, Marlborough and Royal Wootton Bassett.

The torch continued its journey across Britain and then returned on 11 and 12 July where it was carried by local heroes who were nominated to be torchbearers. It travelled through Ludgershall, Tidworth, Amesbury and The Winterbounes and on 12 July legendary athlete Michael Johnson started the torch’s last journey through Wiltshire by carrying it from Salisbury Cathedral. It was then carried though Wilton, Barford St Martin, Fovant and then finally Ludwell before it continued its journey into Dorset.

Throughout the torch’s visit to the county communities celebrated by holding street parties and sporting events and activities, businesses reported a boost in trade and crowds lisned the streets.

We have uploaded some photos to Flickr an online photo management sharing tool. We would love for you to share your photos with us as well which you can do through our Wiltshire 2012 group

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

2012 – A year of celebration in Wiltshire began on 1 May as her majesty the Queen visited Salisbury Cathedral as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Thousands of people, who had braved the morning’s rain welcomed Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. The sun shone brightly in the afternoon and more than 25,000 people came to Salisbury to enjoy the Diamond Jubilee event which celebrated Wiltshire’s heritage with medieval-themed activities. The event brought together communities from across Wiltshire and included 18 community-inspired jousting tents, music, performances, re-enactments and Morris dancing.

2012 – A Year of Celebration gave people both young and old the opportunity to come together to celebrate Wiltshire, showcase everything this county has to offer and celebrate local businesses and communities.

We have uploaded some photos to Flickr an online photo management sharing tool. We would love for you to share your photos with us as well which you can do through our Wiltshire 2012 group

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Last updated: 24 July 2012

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