2012 celebrations get £160,000 cash boost

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COUNCIL chiefs have set aside £160,000 to spend on events to celebrate next year’s Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The cash will be used to mark the passing of the Olympic torch through Dacorum, establish a ‘long-term legacy’ for the Games and support neighbourhood events for the Jubilee.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet last week.

Housing chief Councillor Margaret Griffiths said: “This is a wonderful idea. I think next year will be a very special year and I think it’s fantastic the council has found some money to acknowledge these things happening across the borough.”

The money will be divided with £35,000 going towards extra staff and £65,000 being spent on events, activities and the legacy of the Games.

A further £40,000 will be earmarked for Jubilee events in Hemel Hempstead, £3,000 apiece for Berkhamsted and Tring and £1,000 for each of the 14 parishes.

As part of the celebration, 2,012 beacons will be lit up across the UK.

The borough is also staging a Cultural Olympiad to mark the Games including arts, heritage, sports and leisure activities and events.

A report to the cabinet says: “A range of proposals is being planned that includes community events to promote a wide range of benefits including community cohesion, healthy lifestyles, family activities and business development.

“An opportunity also exists to look to the business community to support both the Olympic and Diamond Jubilee events and to raise funding to establish a long-term legacy.”