New Forest route confirmed for Olympic Flame
Release date: 19 March 2012
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 the New Forest.
The route details will enable communities to plan how they will welcome the Olympic Flame, celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame in their community and share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Now details are out, New Forest District Council, together with partner authorities, is working on all the necessary arrangements for the day; further information and advice for residents and business will be made available on the council's website at www.newforest.gov.uk/London2012 as and when details are finalised.
Leader of New Forest District Council, Councillor Barry Rickman, said: "We feel truly privileged that the Olympic Flame will be coming through the New Forest and the host communities of Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Lymington are extending a warm welcome to everyone to come and witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay on Saturday 14 July.
"With less than four months to go until the Olympic Torch Relay, the route is really coming to life and I hope this will encourage people to get involved and line the streets when the Olympic Flames passes through our communities. This really is our moment to shine.
"We also look forward to welcoming the inspirational torchbearers and celebrating their personal achievement and contribution to the local community."
The Torchbearers who will carry the Flame through the New Forest have also been confirmed and 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 has been designed by adidas.
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 the New Forest'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.
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.