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Verses and vases welcome the torch
Article date: 24 Oct 2012

A poetry and flower festival in Caerphilly greeted the arrival of the Olympic torch relay in the Welsh town.

The Malcolm Uphill took part in the council run initiative, with a dozen different groups at the pub, each producing a piece of poetry and a floral display for the event.

Danielle Stephens, who runs the pub with her husband John, is pictured with son Iestyn, as well as the Mayor of Caerphilly, Gaynor Oliver, and Caerphilly Town Council Mayor Cllr Phil Bevan. Also pictured (l to r) are county and town councillors Colin Elsbury and James Fussell.

Danielle said: “We were the only business in the town to enter the festival, with a dozen displays decorating the windows.

“We have several groups which meet at the pub, all of which participated, with poetry from the WRVS, the Lions Club, the rugby club, the ‘old boys’, the quiz guys, the kids’ club and even the staff members.”

The torch passed by the front of the pub, as it made its way through Caerphilly, with an estimated 30,000 residents lining the streets and cheering the Olympic flame into the landmark – Caerphilly Castle.

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