On Thursday 28 June the Olympic Torch will be carried through the streets of Mansfield District and today (Monday 19 March) the exact route the Flame will take has been announced.
People of Mansfield and surrounding communities are invited to welcome the Olympic Flame; share in the excitement the relay will bring and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers. Many schools across the District and in the surrounding areas have already registered an interest in bringing pupils along to the once in a lifetime event.
A map of the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along within the Mansfield District is available on www.mansfield.gov.uk/torch.
For a full picture of the streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.
On its journey through the District, the Olympic Torch will pass through Mansfield Town Centre where street entertainers will line the route, as well as stopping off for a crew break at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre (please note that the swimming centre will not be open to the public until 5pm).
The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame 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.
Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch and the inspirational Torchbearers pass through the streets of our District and I welcome everyone to come along and experience this truly historical moment."
Jennifer Birch, a dedicated charity fundraiser from Newark, has been confirmed as one of the Torchbearers who will be carrying the Olympic Flame through Mansfield District. She said: "I'm very honoured to represent the United Kingdom by being one of the Torchbearers and really pleased for my children and grandchildren who will be able to see me take part in this amazing event. I'm really looking forward to the day and I expect I'll be crying tears of joy whilst I'm carrying the Flame. "
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 Mansfield District'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.
Published 19 March 2012