Olympic torch route announced

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The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route through Lancaster and Morecambe has been announced.

On Friday, June 22 the torch comes from Cumbria and travels through Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang, St Michael’s on Wyre and Fleetwood.

People can find out exactly which streets and landmarks the Torch Relay will visit in their local area by visiting www.lancashire.gov.uk/2012.

County Councillor Geoffrey Roper, chairman of the county council said: “I’m sure that Lancashire will give a very warm welcome to the Torch Relay.

“The eyes of the world will be on Lancashire when the Torch Relay visits in June. I would encourage people to line the streets and welcome this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“We are especially proud of the Lancastrians who have been chosen to be Torchbearers.

“They are representing themselves and are also representing their communities.

“They should feel tremendously privileged to be among those who have been chosen to join the Torch Relay.”

Sebastian Coe, chairman of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said: “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 Lancashire’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 July 27 for the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Torch Relay also visits Lancashire on two other days.

On Friday, June 1 it travels from Horwich through Chorley, Euxton, Burscough, Ormskirk and then on to Southport.

And on Saturday, June 23 it starts in Blackpool and visits Lytham St Anne’s, Warton and Preston, before travelling through Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Crawshawbooth and Rawtenstall.

Full story in this week’s Visitor and Lancaster Guardian.