PICTURE: CHRIS TAYLOR
2012 Olympics . . . coming to a town near you
The people of Cromer, Holt and Aylsham will be able to see the Olympic torch passing through their towns when it comes to Norfolk next summer. They are three of more than dozen locations in the county chosen for London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route on July 4 and 5.
Residents will have the chance to experience Olympic excitement firsthand and support the achievements of some of the individuals who have been selected to be Torchbearers.
The news was launched at Cromer beach in an event attended by town mayor Greg Hayman, who was part of the original body which brought the 2012 Olympics to London. “It’s fantastic news for Cromer and the whole of north Norfolk,” he said. “It’s particularly exciting for me as I was part of the Olympc bid for London when I was wokring for the Lottery. It was a real coincidence to find out the torch was coming to Cromer.” The Norfolk locations have been revealed
as part of an announcement by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) of more than 1000 villages, towns and cities in the UK through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers. The 70-day event will start at Land’s End,
Cornwall, on the morning of May 19. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK. And LOCOG has realised its aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the event next summer. The Olympic Torch will reach Norfolk on July 4, being run through King’s Lynn, South Wootton, West Rudham, East Rudham, Fakenham, Holt, Cromer, Aylsham, and finally into Norwich, where there will be a special celebration event in Chapelfield Gardens that evening. It will then travel to Hethersett High School for an event early in the morning on July 5, before being run through more
parts of Norwich, Acle, Filby and finally through Great Yarmouth. The Torch then makes its way on to Suffolk. Street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said:
“We are thrilled to confirm that a number of locations in Norfolk will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people 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 Norfolk 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.” Torchbearers, each of whom will have a
story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community will be contacted in December with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012.
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