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Olympic support from The Salvation Army

The Olympic Torch Relay is heading to Glasgow and volunteers from The Salvation Army are gearing up to play their part to help shine a light on the city.

Torchbearers are carrying the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK. It will arrive in Glasgow on Friday 8 June.

Volunteers from The Salvation Army’s Red Shield emergency services team are helping to bring the excitement of the Games to everyone in the community by serving free teas, coffees and cakes to the public and those involved in co-ordinating the event.

They’ll be serving around 4,000 hot drinks from The Salvation Army’s Red Shield emergency services vehicle which will be based at St. Enoch Square from 4pm onwards. The tea and coffee has been provided by Traidcraft and the cakes by the Methodist Church in Glasgow.

The Salvation Army will also be handing out free copies of its famous weekly newspaper the War Cry– along with copies of The Salvation Army’s comic – Kids Alive! Members and volunteers will be on hand to support the public until needed.

Captain David Burns, The Salvation Army’s Divisional Director of Community Services for West Scotland, said: “Hadleigh Farm, The Salvation Army’s special education needs training centre and working farm in Essex, will host the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike competition in August and we are happy to support the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels across the UK.

“The Olympic Flame stands for peace, unity and friendship – something our organisation works for and everyone within our churches (Corps) is excited about it coming to our area. It’s a great opportunity for us to help people celebrate.