London 2012: Guildford to spend £240,000 on events

A council in Surrey has revealed it is to spend £240,000 on "landmark events" to mark the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Guildford Borough Council said it was planning an exciting programme of events to "inspire future generations".

Councillor Jen Powell said Guildford would be at the heart of the "iconic sporting and cultural events in 2012".

She said it was looking forward to welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay and hosting the Olympic Cycle Road Races.

The Guildford leg of the relay, a week before the Games begin, is the final stop before the torch enters London.

It will be celebrated with an evening event in Stoke Park on 20 July 2012.

The cycle races will pass through the eastern side of the borough on 28 and 29 July.

The council said it would also host and help support community events for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations across the borough, including plans to dress Guildford High Street to mark the occasion in June.

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