Olympic torch route has been announced!
Details of the route that the Olympic Torch Relay will take through Cornwall on Saturday 19 May 2012 have been released by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18 May 2012. Representing peace, unity and friendship, The Flame will be carried through the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay.
As it makes its way across the UK on a 70-day journey it will bring the excitement of the Games to everyone. The route has been planned so that the Flame will come within an hour of 95 percent of people in the UK and enable communities to focus on the very best in their area.
On 18 May 2011 the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) announced that the Olympic Torch Relay will start at 7.00am on Saturday 19th May 2012, from Land's End.
The Relay will travel through Cornwall to Plymouth, where the first of the evening celebrations will take place. In Cornwall, the Relay will pass through 20 "Communities on Route" ( i.e. towns and villages).
These "Communities on Route" have been selected by LOCOG and are as follows:
St Michael's Mount and Eden have been identified as Photo Opportunities.
The destination for the lunch time stop has also been identified and this is an opportunity for recuperation for the crew and half an hour of activity with the Torch, this will be at a school and children across Cornwall will be invited to attend and interact with the Torch and sporting celebrities.
There are 2 modes of transport - Torchbearer and Convoy Mode. Convoy mode will allow for the Flame to travel between the "Communities on Route" by vehicle. The Convoy consists of 12 vehicles, will be 150m in length and have 170 people accompanying it. Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung are the three Presenting Partners of the Olympic Torch Relay and will all have promotional vehicles as part of the convoy.
Torchbearer mode is when the Flame is carried by a nominated Torchbearer, this can either be on foot, by boat or other modes of transport depending on the ability of the Torchbearer. Approximately 80-150 Torchbearers will carry the Flame through Cornwall, the majority of which will be residents. The nomination process has now closed. In December Torchbearers will be allocated into slots and notified by LOCOG that they will carry the Flame.
For Cornwall, having been chosen for the very start of this incredible event, provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the very best Cornwall has to offer to the world.
Enquiries relating to groups and organisations wishing to be involved in delivering activities & events should contact:
Samantha Groom - Festivals & Events Co-ordinator 01872 322934 email@example.com
Anna Druce Project Officer - Olympic Torch Relay Cornwall 01872 322871 firstname.lastname@example.org