Olympic torch coming to Medway

Close up picture of the 2012 Olympic torchMedway is set for Olympic glory as it will be a host area for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route.

Torchbearers will take to the streets of Medway on Friday, 20 July next year as the relay nears the end of its 70-day journey around the UK.

And people will be able to line the route to welcome the Olympic flame, ahead of the Games starting in London a week later on Friday, 27 July.

Medway will be among more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities across the country that will see the Olympic Flame carried through them by torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Medway to devise the route and further details will be given closer to the date.

Picture of Medway Council leader Cllr Rodney ChambersCllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, said: “It is great news that the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through Medway and that local people will be able to line the streets to cheer on this once in a lifetime spectacle.

“Without a doubt, the Torch Relay will be a fun and inspiring moment for Medway as people will be able to come along and support torchbearers and help showcase our area to those watching on television.

“The Olympic Games truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I would urge people to come along and witness this historic event.”
Picture of Seb Coe with the Olympic torchSebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "We are thrilled to confirm that Medway will all act as a host location for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Medway 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 Medway 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 per cent of the population. In fact, more than 95 per cent 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.

Olympic torch relay sponsor logosLOCOG has also launched two new public participation programmes. The Local Leaders initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme at www.london2012.com/localleaders to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.

The Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay education resource, is available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012’s official education programme. The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with three-16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself. 

A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers. Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay. 

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