Friday, 24 September 2021

Council to waive cost of parade

THE cost of closing the roads for next month’s open-top bus parade in Henley for the town’s Olympians is to be waived.

THE cost of closing the roads for next month’s open-top bus parade in Henley for the town’s Olympians is to be waived.

David Nimmo Smith, who is Henley’s representative on the council and responsible for roads, said the £1,600 fee for officer time, legal costs and traffic management would be absorbed by the council.

He said: “The council normally only waives the cost of temporary road closure orders for Remembrance Sunday and Henley Royal Regatta but I have instructed that the cost for this also be waived on this occasion.

“This is a big public celebration, which I consider merits being given special consideration.”

The 24 Leander rowers who were in Rio will be given a bus tour from the club to the town hall on Saturday, September 17.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route of the parade, which will be led by a marching band.

There will be rolling road closures during the parade.

When the athletes disembark they will walk through an arch of blades to join Mayor Julian Brookes on a stage outside the town hall in Market Place. The blades will be provided by all the town’s rowing clubs.

The rowers will be introduced to the crowd and then sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Chocolate medals and mini-Union flags will be handed out to the spectators and street entertainers will perform.

The parade has been organised by Leander and Henley Town Council and Olympians from other clubs who live in the area have been invited to take part.

A similar parade was held after the 2012 Olympics, where team GB won two gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes, and after the Beijing Games in 2008.



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