Tameside confirms its Olympic Flame route
Press Release Date: 19 March 2012
Tameside Council can today reveal the streets along which the Olympic flame will be carried on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The flame will be carried through the streets of Ashton town centre and will make a special trip around the marketplace and town hall.
And to celebrate the council will be hosting a huge Tameside Olympic Torch celebration which will be held in Ashton town centre on the day of the relay, Sunday 24 June.
The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay , gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Ashton giving people all across Tameside the chance to plan how and where they might like to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay event.
The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through Ashton today include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola , Lloyds TSB and Samsung . LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.
Assistant Executive Member for Sport Cllr Dawson Lane said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in Tameside to feel part of the London 2012 Olympic Games. We want everyone to come and line the streets and welcome the torch to our borough and witness the once in a lifetime spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay. We’ll make sure our Torch Relay Celebration event is one to remember and an amazing day where people can come together and share in some great sporting and cultural activities as the excitement builds to London 2012.”
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 Tameside’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.