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Solihull received donations 'in kind' for Olympic Torch costs

Torchbearer 041 Sarabjit Bhopal carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Birmingham and Solihull Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/Press Association Images

Solihull Council kept the costs of hosting the Olympic Torch low by receiving donations "in kind."

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed the council received £2,500 worth of street cleaning from a local contractor.

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Stoke-on-Trent Council defends Olympic Torch spending

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has defended the decision to spend nearly £190,000 on hosting the Olympic Torch. Credit: Chris Radburn/LOCOG/Press Association Images

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has defended the decision to spend nearly £190,000 on hosting the Olympic Torch.

Paul Shotton, council cabinet member for finance, said: "Out of the 14 areas in the region visited by the torch, our city received the largest injection of cash from the events.

"The celebration was a once in-a-lifetime event, it was the opportunity to showcase Stoke-on-Trent in the best possible light to a national and international audience, and it was vitally important that the event was treated with the significance it deserved."

Olympic Torch costs: 'A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'

The torch relay was a huge logistical challenge.

Without council efforts in managing thousands of road closures, recruiting a small army of volunteer marshals, setting up safety barriers and managing crowds, cleaning up after the cavalcade and handling a vast range of other issues, it simply wouldn't have happened.

The cost to each council could be affected by many things. Few, if any, meaningful conclusions can be drawn by comparing expenditure on an issue with so many variables.

– Flick Rea, chairman of the Local Government Association's culture, tourism and sport board

What councils in the Midlands spent on hosting the Olympic Torch

  • Birmingham - £43,868.77
  • Cambridgeshire - £50,784
  • Coventry - £45,812.42
  • Derby - £154,000
  • Derbyshire - £7,780
  • Dudley - £16,876.76
  • Herefordshire - £31,000
  • Leicester - £102,641.10
  • Leicestershire - £29,606.15
  • Lincolnshire - £42,344.74
  • Northampton - £1,246.49
  • Nottingham - Did not return information
  • Nottinghamshire - £86,171
  • Peterborough - £134,034
  • Rutland - £2,000
  • Sandwell - £41,274
  • Shropshire - £11,951.18
  • Solihull - £15,650
  • Staffordshire - £33,557.82
  • Stoke-on-Trent - £189,730
  • Telford and Wrekin - £30,500.68
  • Walsall - £24,893.96
  • Warwickshire - £79,271
  • Wolverhampton - £129,693.32
  • Worcestershire - £10,482.73

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Olympic Torch costs in Midlands revealed

Stoke-on-Trent spent the most on hosting the Olympic Torch in the Midlands Credit: Gareth Fuller/LOCOG/Press Association Images

Stoke-on-Trent City Council spent the most on covering the Olympic Torch in the Midlands.

The council spent £190,000 on hosting the Torch and says it was justified because it brought a boost to the local economy.

Northampton spent the least in the Midlands at just over £1,000.

Burghley House given Olympic torch from Lord Coe

Lord Coe with his Olympic Torch Credit: PA Pictures

Burghley House has received a gift from Lord Sebastian Coe.

He has given his London 2012 Olympic torch to the historic home.

Lord Burghley, who lived between 1905 and 1981, was an Olympic medal-winning hurdler. He also helped to deliver the 1948 London Games.

An original Olympic torch from the 1948 games is already on display at the Elizabethan home and will now be joined by the 2012 version.

The 2012 torch has been to the house previously as it was part of the relay, earlier this year.

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