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Torch due at games birthplace
12:18 AEST Wed May 30 2012

The Olympic torch is due to arrive at the town credited as the birthplace of the modern Olympic games.

On the 12th day of the relay on Wednesday, the flame will be paraded through Much Wenlock in Shropshire.

The small country town began celebrating the Wenlock Olympian Games, one of the most influential forerunners of the Modern Olympics, in 1850.

In 1890, International Olympic Committee founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited Wenlock and cited the town's games as an inspiration for first modern Olympics celebrated in Athens in 1896.

The Wenlock games were the brainchild of local surgeon Dr William Penny Brooks and are still celebrated in the town each year.

The original festival involved a variety of athletics events, with country sports such as quoits, football and cricket.

Dr Brooks created it to "promote the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Wenlock, and especially of the working classes, by the encouragement of outdoor recreation and by the award of a prize".

In honour of the town's contribution to the creation of the Olympics, one of the two mascots at the London 2012 Games is named Wenlock.

The other mascot is called Mandeville in honour of the Stoke Mandeville Games, the precursor of the Paralympic Games.

During the 12th day of its tour of the UK, the flame will start its journey at Chester before visiting towns such as Wrexham and finishing the day in Stoke-on-Trent.

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