Councils report shortage of torch relay stewards

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Councils in Berkshire and Oxfordshire have reported a shortage of volunteers, marshals and stewards for the Olympic torch relay.

Both Cherwell District Council, which serves South Oxfordshire, and Reading Council have said they require volunteers to ensure the relay route and public are kept safe as the torch passes through in July.

Both local authorities are conducting free training workshops and hope that local communities will get involved in a “unique opportunity”.

The news comes just a day before the Olympic flame is due to touch down on UK soil accompanied by David Beckham, Lord Coe and HRH The Princes Royal.

On Saturday, the flame will begin its 70-day journey across the UK.