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Heritage Minister welcomes publication of details of Olympic Flame’s Welsh journey

Heritage Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the announcement of the route that the Olympic Flame will be taking through Wales and the names of the inspirational Torchbearers who will be running.
Monday 19 March 2012

Full details of the streets along which the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, will be carried can be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. The website gives street-by-street details and proposed times when the Olympic Flame will travel through each area. Residents living along the route can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through Wales 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.

The Minister said:

"Wales is geared up to offer an exciting journey for the torch as today's street level maps show. The relay will be a fantastic opportunity for all those chosen today - many of them young people with inspiring stories to tell - to show the world the things that make Wales unique. From journeying on a Ceredigion Cob and Llangollen canal boat to passing through our landmarks old and new, such as Caerphilly Castle and the Millennium Stadium, this looks set to be an exciting week for the relay and everyone involved."

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 Wales' 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 www.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.

 

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