Olympic hero Seb Coe to visit Ribble Valley

Nigel Evans MP (right) and Lord Sebastian Coe
Nigel Evans MP (right) and Lord Sebastian Coe

LORD Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold medalist and the man in charge of delivering this summer’s London Olympic Games, will visit Ribble Valley schools in the run-up to the event.

He has agreed to a request from Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans, who wants Lord Coe to tell youngsters about the 2012 games, their significance and legacy.

Speaking from Westminster, Mr Evans said: “I have had a long professional relationship with Lord Coe and thought it a great shame the organisers of the Olympic torch relay decided not to bring the torch through the Ribble Valley.

“As such I felt it necessary to seek assurances the Olympic presence would still be felt in the Ribble Valley and so, when I recently attended a reception at the House of Commons to celebrate how the London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 teams have been working together, I asked Lord Coe how we might go about it.

“I am pleased to say he was as enthusiastic as I am that the Olympic presence is felt in the Ribble Valley and has agreed to do a series of talks at Ribble Valley schools to discuss the Games and what they mean. It is important to remember the 2012 Olympics are not just about London and the UK as a whole has an Olympic legacy to look forward to.

“I am delighted Lord Coe has agreed to embark on this exercise and look forward to hearing from any schools that would like to be considered as potential hosts for such an event.”