Full Route Of Olympic Torch Revealed
People in Dorset can now find out where they will be able to greet the Olympic Flame and exactly which streets it will be carried along as it passes through the county.
The street level route for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the names of the Inspirational Torchbearers have been announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Communities on route are co-ordinating a whole mix of celebrations to welcome the Olympic Flame as it passes through the county from 12 to 14 July 2012.
Local people are being encouraged to line the streets and show their support for the Inspirational Torchbearers as they carry the Flame through their communities.
The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.
The website gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Dorset so that local people can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.
The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by adidas.
More details about these individuals can be found at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.
Angus Campbell, Leader of the Dorset County Council and Chairman of the Dorset 2012 board, said:
"The arrival of the Olympic Flame in Dorset will be a truly special and historic occasion for the county and we welcome today’s announcements of exactly when and where local people will be able to watch it make its journey through the area.
"We are encouraging our local communities to come out and welcome the Olympic Flame to Dorset, so that they can be part of this unique experience and show their support for the Inspirational Torchbearers that have been selected to carry it."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, added:
"Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.
"The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.
"Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Dorset's moment to shine."
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at 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.
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and Bournemouth Borough Council are working with LOCOG to host evening shows to celebrate the Olympic Flame.
The two and a half hour events at Weymouth Beach and Bournemouth Beach will be free and will feature national and locally programmed content. Further details about the evening celebrations will be released over the next few months.
Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme.
The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers.
Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school's preparations for the Relay.