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Olympic torch graces Jodrell Bank

06 Jun 2012

The Olympic torch relay arrived at The University of Manchester last Thursday as it scaled the magnificent Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

John Bishop with the Olympic torch

The relay, which is visiting around 95% of the UK over 70 days, was carried into the 250ft dish of the telescope by comedian John Bishop.

Local schoolchildren and invited guests were on the site to greet the torch and University President and Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell welcomed the torch on site.

Jodrell Bank is a unique combination of live science and a visitor attraction, combining internationally recognised Astronomy research with superb interactive learning activities.

Among the inspirational people who have carried the Olympic Flame along the route between Land's End and Jodrell Bank are two University of Manchester students: Blaire Hannan in Bristol on Tuesday 22 May and Zak Lee-Green in Cardiff on Saturday 26 May.

A third Manchester student will be a torchbearer on Friday 22 June, when Leila Hamrang, who is doing a BA in Learning Disabilities Studies, carries the flame in Fleetwood.


Photography by Howard Barlow, Jimmy Bartle, Becky Burns, Katy Dixon, Anthony Holloway and Alan Williams. Photography should only be reproduced with the permission of the photographer.