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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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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."

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