Lord Coe thanks airport for Olympic flame event



Southampton Airport has relived the excitement of playing host to the Olympic Torch, after receiving an official thank you from LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe and Sir Charles Allen CBE Chair Nations and Regions Group.

The Olympic Flame travelled to and from the Channel Islands via Southampton Airport on the special livered British Airways Airbus A319 ‘The Firefly’ in July as part of the Olympic Torch Relay.

On the day, the early morning start was marked by 23 of Eastleigh’s most talented young sport stars who posed at the steps of the special aircraft for a photo with the Olympic Flame in its travelling lantern. When the flame returned in the afternoon it was greeted by a crowd of over 100 people including the Mayors of Eastleigh and Southampton, Eastleigh Athletes including 2012 Paralympians David and Adam Knott, and the airport’s award winning staff members.

Stopping to pose for the cameras on the steps of the aircraft, LOCOG Torch Relay Producer Deborah Hale took the flame in its lantern through the arrivals hall and out into the terminal to be greeted by musicians from Bitterne Park School playing their original composition ‘Fight for the Gold’ and the waiting crowds.

The afternoon was rounded off with photos with Eastleigh’s Daisy Bookman’s Olympic  Torch, which she carried through Poole earlier in the week, and a reception catered by Eastleigh College which included a flame themed cake made by former college pupil Margaret Helliwell, and over 100 red and blue cupcakes  set out on a Union Jack flag made by current catering students.

Airport Managing Director, Dave Lees, commented,:

“Staff are still talking about how special it was to be involved in the celebration.  We worked closely with the community to put on a great event, and it’s wonderful to receive this certificate of thanks from LOCOG and Lord Coe.”

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