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Olympic Torch costs revealed

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has defended spending a hundred and ninety thousand pounds hosting the Olympic Torch - the most in the Midlands. The council says it was justified because of the boost to the local economy.

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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

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