Strippadoor welcome a very special guest ...... 2012

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Strippadoor welcome a very special guest ...... 2012

The Olympics are just round the corner and there is a lot of excitement growing, as people follow the Olympic torch’s journey, as it travels round the country.

So imagine how excited Strippadoor were to receive a surprise visit from one of the specially selected torchbearers and her torch. 

The torch bearers name is Hazel Frost and she was selected for the work she has been doing raising money for Skateboarding facilities in Bangor, North Wales in memory of her Son, Darren Rhys Frost, who sadly lost his life in a road traffic accident on Boxing Day 2009 (aged 18). Hazel’s fundraising goes to a higher level in August with a planned climb up Kilimanjaro.  After hearing of her plans, Strippadoor, being a family business wanted to help and made a donation of £250 towards equipment as the trip is being personally funded. As a way to say thank you, Hazel wanted to bring the torch in for us to see.

Company Director Ben Russell said “having a huge interest in sports, it was a great honour to be able to hold the torch and what’s more, be able to help support Hazel with her climb”.   Brother and Company Director Daniel Russell said “I am also into sports and am looking forward to the torch coming to Stockport as I will be getting involved with one of the displays, but never thought I would ever get the chance to be able to hold one of the torches”.

The torch itself was designed east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and was made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8,000 circles.
Representing the inspirational stories of the 8,000 Torchbearers who carried the Olympic Flame, the circles which ran the length of the body of the Torch also offered a unique level of transparency. You could see right to the heart of the Torch and view the burner system which kept the Olympic Flame alive on its journey around the UK. The circles also helped ensure heat was quickly dissipated, without being conducted down the handle, and providing extra grip.
The Torch stood 800mm high.
The Torch was tested in BMW’s climatic testing facility in Munich to make sure it could withstand all weather conditions. BMW was a Supporting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Strippadoor would all like to thank Hazel for bringing in the torch and want to wish her good luck with climbing Kilimanjaro; which coincidentally starts the same day as the Olympic Games start.  

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