Olympic torch comes to Magna

14 June 2012

Excitement is mounting at Magna where preparations are underway for a visit from the Olympic Torch.

The torch will be photographed in front of Magna Science Adventure Centre’s ‘Big Melt’ – a huge original electric arc furnace which bursts to life with pyrotechnics and sound to celebrate the industrial heritage of the former Templeborough steelworks.

The photo-call on Tuesday June 26th is one of the many landmark moments on the Olympic Torch’s 70-day journey around the UK. Hundreds of Rotherham school children and local business people have been invited to Magna to see the torch bearer visit the huge visitor attraction.

The centre will not be open to the general public during the torch’s brief visit, but people can see the Olympic torchbearer run towards Magna along Sheffield Road at about 7.45am - 8.00am. The Torch will then be transported to Rotherham town centre where the torch relay will pick up again at 8.32am.

Magna marketing manager Karen Staniforth said: “We are very excited about the torch coming to Magna. The Olympic flame is a flickering symbol of international peace and unity - and fire in all its heat and glory is one of the four elements we celebrate and explore here at Magna Science Adventure Centre. The ‘Big Melt’ is a massive piece of industrial heritage which uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate the steel making process.  This will be a moment to celebrate our local industrial heritage as well as South Yorkshire’s modern-day steel industry.”

Magna is housed in the former Templeborough steelworks which were once the biggest in the world and employed 10,000 people.  The works were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They were transformed into an award-winning visitor attraction in 2001.

The torch will visit Magna on Day 38 of its 70-day relay across the UK en-route to the Olympic Stadium in London for the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday July 27th. The Torch Relay will bring the Olympic Flame within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK. It aims to enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer. The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship. It will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers.



Media are invited to attend the Olympic Torch’s visit to Magna. All media representatives must be registered before the day. For further information and to secure a place, please contact marketing manager Karen Staniforth on 01709 723146 or email kstaniforth@magnatrust.co.uk. Please also note, media will have to be in place before 7.30am on the day.

Magna Science Adventure Centre has four pavilions on a theme of air, earth, fire and water, which house over 100 interactive exhibits, and it also boasts outdoor and water play areas. The centrepiece Big Melt uses stunning pyrotechnic and audio techniques to recreate steel making using a huge original electric arc furnace. Magna is open daily, from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. 

Magna also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions and offers a range of corporate and party facilities.

For more media information contact marketing manager Karen Staniforth on 01709 723146 or email kstaniforth@magnatrust.co.uk.  Alternatively, contact marketing assistant Anna Holdsworth on 01709 723139 or email aholdsworth@magnatrust.co.uk

Additional media contacts: Steph Pollard on 0776 196 4492 or at steph@katebettsmedia.co.uk, Deborah Wain on 07903 466228 or at deborah@katebettsmedia.co.uk or Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at kate@katebettsmedia.co.uk

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