Derry’s Olympic heroes to be honoured

1972 Olympian Charlie Nash passes the olympic flame to the Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney at St. Brecans Church in St. Columb's Park. The church features on the tickets for the Big Flame event on the 4th of June when the official Olympic Torch arrives in Derry~Londonderry. Lending their support are Lianne Ball and Kathleen McGlinchey daughter and sister of Liam Ball who competed in the 1968 and 1972, Oonagh McGillion and Brendan McMenamin from Derry City Council with  Olympics.  Free tickets for the event are now available from the Millennium Forum. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 21.5.12
1972 Olympian Charlie Nash passes the olympic flame to the Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney at St. Brecans Church in St. Columb's Park. The church features on the tickets for the Big Flame event on the 4th of June when the official Olympic Torch arrives in Derry~Londonderry. Lending their support are Lianne Ball and Kathleen McGlinchey daughter and sister of Liam Ball who competed in the 1968 and 1972, Oonagh McGillion and Brendan McMenamin from Derry City Council with Olympics. Free tickets for the event are now available from the Millennium Forum. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 21.5.12

Derry’s sporting heroes will be honoured next week with a special Olympic Parade which will welcome the Olympic Torch flame to the city.

On Monday, June 4, local boxing legend Charlie Nash will be joined by the family of swimming star Liam Ball, to lead a colourful flag parade across the Peace Bridge into St Columb’s Park Stadium where the Olympic Torch will light the city’s flame as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The stars were among a four-strong team of Derry Olympians who took part in the 1972 games in Munich, making the city’s mark on the international sporting map. The flag parade will be the culmination of a series of exciting events taking place throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend as part of Derry City Council’s Big Flame Festival.

The parade will leaves the carpark of the Derry City Council offices at Strand Road on Monday, June 4 at 4pm, before travelling along the new public realm at Queen’s Quay, across the Peace Bridge and into St Columb’s Park Stadium. A special evening of entertainment will begin at 5pm before the arrival of the Olympic Torch. Entry is by ticket only, and free tickets are available from the Millennium Forum Box Office on 02871 264455.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the festival parade, or receive further informa should contact North West Carnival Initiative on 02871 365151.