Cotswold District Council confirms Olympic Flame route

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Cotswold District Council confirms Olympic Flame route

The route that the Olympic Torch will take across the country and through the district was unveiled today. In November it was announced that Cirencester and Chipping Campden were to be two of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers, during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Jamie Nesbit, Head of Leisure & Cultural Services for Cotswold District Council said:
Ď2012 is an exciting year for our nation and itís a privilege to have the Olympic Flame carried through our district. With the torch carried through Cirencester and Chipping Campden, the eyes of the world will be upon us and Iím sure that people of all ages will line the route and celebrate this special occasion.í

On Wednesday 23 May, on only the fifth day of its journey, the Olympic Flame will come into our district for the first time having travelled from Swindon. It will arrive in Cirencester at 3:45pm where it will be carried along London Road, Lewis Lane, South Way and North Way before entering the Market Place and then onto Castle Street and finally Sheep Street before it continues in convoy mode along the A419 towards Stroud.

Some 39 days later on Sunday 01 July which is day 44 of the Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame will arrive in Chipping Campden around 12:35pm and will be carried down Conduit Hill before heading along Sheep Street then onto Lower High Street before turning into Cidermill Lane and heading out of town via Station Road before it continues from Castle Nurseries and onto Newbold-on-Stour along the B4035 in convoy mode.

Also announced today was that Terry Parker has been chosen as one of the Torchbearers. Terry Parker is an incredible individual who has dedicated 13 years to giving disabled adults and children in Gloucestershire the opportunity to play tennis. These disabilities range between mild learning difficulties including autism and Aspergerís Syndrome, to severe mental and physical problems, and in a good many cases both. He currently teaches tennis to children at 4 special schools in Gloucestershire on a weekly basis and runs an after-school club for children with Special Educational Needs at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester. Most of the work Terry does is free of charge, including coaching junior and adult wheelchair tennis players to competition standard, where he currently has a British Champion. Terry is an inspiration to everyone he meets and his enthusiasm for tennis has opened the door to so many.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame 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.

In the build up to the start of the Games, the Olympic Flame will make its journey from Greece and arrive in the UK on 18 May, ready for the Olympic Torch Relay to begin the following day. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Flame will start its 70-day journey around the UK towards the Stadium carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.

The Relay will start its 70-day journey at Landís End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May. On leaving Landís End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals a chance to see it and celebrate.

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 Cirencester and Chipping Campden. Residents living in and around these two towns can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

Posted : 20/03/2012 10:35:46

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