Weymouth Torch Tickets Snapped Up!

Final wristbands for Weymouth and Portland's Torch Relay Evening Celebration have been snapped up in minutes.

Around 700 wristbands were put back on general release after they were not picked up by the collection deadline of 29 June.

People who missed out on getting wristbands when they were launched last month could apply from 8am on Monday 9 July on the council's website or by calling the council's customer services team. Within five minutes they had all been booked.

Those successful in securing the last available wristbands will be able to pick them up from the tourist information centre inside Weymouth Pavilion from 9am on Tuesday 10 July. They will need to bring a valid form of ID with them.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Brief Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ian Bruce said:

"Our Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration is going to be a great party and we are glad we could re-allocate these last wristbands so that as many people as possible can come and join in the fun and celebrate the countdown to the Olympic Games. Anyone who didn't get a ticket for the evening celebration can still be involved with the Olympic Torch Relay by lining the route and cheering on our local Torchbearers, watching the Moving Tides Carnival and enjoying the spectacular fireworks display at the end of the night."

The free celebration on Weymouth Beach will take place on Thursday 12 July and will include a variety of family entertainment staged by LOCOG, the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

The two-and-a-half hour show will include performances from chart-topping rapper Wretch 32, provided by Coca-Cola, and Britain's Got Talent finalists Twist & Pulse, provided by Samsung. There will also be two ten-minute slots of locally-programmed entertainment, including a drumming spectacular involving children from the 'Moving Tides' carnival and the bands Weapons of Sound, Magic Drum Orchestra and B-Sharp.

Gates to the beach site will open at 4pm, with the entertainment scheduled to begin from 5.30pm.

For those who did not manage to get a wristband there will still be plenty to see and enjoy along the Torch Relay route, as the Olympic Flame passes through West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland on Thursday 12 July and on the morning of Friday 13 July.

From 3.45pm on Thursday 12 July, the vibrant and colourful Moving Tides Children's Carnival will dance through town and along the Esplanade.

The Torch Relay Presenting Partners - Samsung, Coca-Cola and Lloyds TSB - will also have a range of activities for people to take part in on the Pavilion Forecourt during the afternoon and evening of 12 July and a spectacular firework display will start at 9.30pm.

To find out more about the Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration being held on Weymouth Beach please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/2012torchtickets

For more information about the Olympic Torch Relay, and for details about where the Olympic Flame will travel, please visit the Torch Relay pages at www.dorsetforyou.com/sailing2012

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