Stoke & Staffordshire

London 2012: Former Stoke factory becomes torch parade workshop

A former Stoke-on-Trent pottery factory is due to be turned into a workshop to create hundreds of items for the city's Olympic torch celebrations.

More than 1,000 children, musicians and dancers are expected to take part in a street parade on 30 May as the Olympic torch arrives in the city.

The Spode factory will be used to produce flags, carnival costumes and other props.

The Stoke100 parade is due to end at Hanley Park by 17:00 GMT.

The park is one 66 venues across the country that will host evening celebrations as part of the Torch Relay.

Artists from Staffordshire arts group B-Arts have worked with more than 2,000 school children to design four-metre-high flags, based on those of more than 100 countries taking part in the 2012 Games.

The workshops have been funded by a grant from Arts Council England.

Details of the Hanley Park performances are due to be confirmed by London Games organisers Locog in the coming weeks.

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