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London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route - Olympic Flame is coming to South Devon's Torbay

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route - Olympic Flame is coming to South Devon's Torbay

As part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route, torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame through the South West resorts of Paignton and Torquay on Sunday 20 May 2012.

A special welcome will be hosted on behalf of the surrounding communities and residents are invited to share in the excitement the relay will bring and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers on day two of its historic journey.

Paignton and Torquay are two of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which is presented by Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Torbay to devise the route.

Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be included on the Olympic Torch Relay Route. Full details of the relay's visit to Torbay will be announced closer to the time, and we will be inviting local people from across the area to join us to welcome the Olympic Flame.

"Torbay has strong links with the Olympics with the sailing events of the 1948 Summer Olympics being held in Torquay. The Olympic flame was brought from London to Torre Abbey Meadows, and the closing ceremony was observed by over 10,000 spectators.

"The Olympic Torch Relay will shine a real spotlight on the Bay and we are looking forward to giving it a memorable welcome."

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: "We are thrilled to confirm that the Devon resorts of Paignton and Torquay will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Torbay to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.

"This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Torbay to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."

The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land's End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

In announcing the villages, towns and cities LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

People are invited to view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.

On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.

Courtesy: Torbay Borough Council
7 November 2011

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