London 2012: Sunrise breakfast for Olympic torch visit in Sparkhill

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A special breakfast is to be held in Birmingham to mark the Olympic torch reaching the city.

The planning group for Sunrise in Sparkhill includes Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, local schools, police and traders.

The torch relay will pass through Birmingham on 30 June and leaves the city centre at 06:00 BST on 1 July.

To mark its route along the Stratford Road, Sunrise in Sparkhill will be held in Sparkhill Park on 1 July.

Pray for Olympics

The breakfast will take place between 06:00 and 08:30 BST and part of the event will focus on the diversity of faiths in Birmingham.

The Bishop of Birmingham, the Rt Reverend David Urquhart, and other faith leaders will light a candle and read out a faith pledge.

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People will also be invited to join in reading the pledge and then take it back to their places of worship, along with red, white and blue candles.

Dr Andrew Smith, director of the Faithful Neighbourhoods Centre, said: "We want to extend the invitation to faith communities from across Birmingham.

"We don't mind whether people opt for parishes, wards, neighbourhoods, or any other way they have of defining a local area."

He also said it could also be an opportunity to pray for the Olympics.

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