WIGAN’S Olympic pole-vaulter Holly Bleasdale has urged Wiganers to come out in force to support the torch relay tomorrow (Thursday).
With the Games less than two months away, the iconic flame is currently touring the country with 8,000 people selected to carry it.
And at 3.20pm tomorrow, it will begin its first leg in Wigan when it arrives in Lowton.
Holly is currently training for the athletics showpiece but took time out of her busy schedule to urge everyone to get involved when the torch comes to town.
She said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that the Olympic flame is coming to Wigan.
“I really hope people get behind it and enjoy what will be a big day for the whole town.
“The Olympics is a really special event and we probably won’t see it in this country again for a very long time now.
“I’m delighted it’ll be going through the town where I live and hopefully it’ll be a nice day for everyone to enjoy.
“There’ll be plenty going on and it’s a superb opportunity for Wiganers to get involved and feel the Olympic spirit really.”
The 20-year-old has planned her training schedule for the Olympics with the aim of peaking when they start in 57 days’ time.
And she has thanked everyone from her home town for the support they have given her.
“It’s been fantastic,” she added. “Everyone is Wigan is great and really behind me so I hope I can do the town proud.
“It’s come around so quickly and the Torch relay just shows how close it is.
“Trainng is going really well, I’m just trying to time it so I peak at the Olympics.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to perform in such an event in your home country and I’m really looking forward to it.”