Middlesbrough is today confirmed as one of the key stops on the Olympic Flame’s journey around the UK.
The town will play host to the Flame with a spectacular evening celebration in the build-up to the London Olympic Games.
The stop-off in Middlesbrough is part of the traditional Torch Relay which starts in Greece and culminates in the opening of the games in July 2012.
Plans are under way for a fitting celebration in Middlesbrough to mark the arrival of the Flame on June 17 next year.
The event will showcase the town’s culture and heritage, and reflect both its sporting achievements and support for the London Games.
Middlesbrough is one of 66 Evening Celebration locations and six island visits across the UK confirmed today by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.
As part of the celebration, LOCOG and the Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18 next year, with the 70-day Torch Relay setting out from Land’s End, Cornwall the following morning.
On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep.
The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Dave Budd said: “It’s fantastic news for Middlesbrough that the Olympic Flame is coming here.
“The town has a rich sporting heritage and we are enormously proud to be playing a part in the historic 2012 Olympic Games.
“There’s already a real buzz about the Games and this will add further impetus to celebrations in the town as the Olympic spirit gathers momentum.
“I have no doubt that local people will give the Olympic Flame a welcome and send-off to remember.”
LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe said: “We are thrilled that Middlesbrough has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK.
“The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Middlesbrough, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the very best of the town.
“We have no doubt that the welcome Middlesbrough Council will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer.”
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers and once the detailed daily route is confirmed later this year, it is our aim that 95% population will be within a one hour journey time, of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer nomination programme launches today. Together with the three Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame. Full details of the LOCOG Torchbearer programme and how to nominate potential Torchbearers will be released from 11am today.
The LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will run for six weeks from today. The nomination portal at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame. The deadline for nominating through the LOCOG campaign is 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 29. Judging panels will be set up in each nation and region of the UK to select the Torchbearers for their area.
90% of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of achievement and or contribution to their local community.
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In addition to the locations confirmed on the route today, many other cities, towns, villages and places of outstanding natural beauty, sports venues and community hubs will be announced in a second, more detailed route announcement later this year that will confirm the many other places the Olympic Flame will visit on each day of the Relay.
Coca-Cola has a proud heritage of involvement in Olympic Torch Relays. Coca-Cola has supported ten Olympic Torch Relays and the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be the company’s eighth as a Presenting Partner. Coca-Cola’s ambition for the London 2012 Torch Relay is to intensify excitement and anticipation for the 2012 Olympic Games by shining a light on the best of British youth and encouraging people to get involved in their local communities.
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the spirit and inspiration of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We will bring the Relay closer to our customers through our branches on practically every high street and our activities in the community, National School Sport Week and Local Heroes. Customers can be the first to hear about exclusive offers, including how they can have the chance to carry the Olympic Flame, through our customer-exclusive programme, Trackside. Find out more at www.lloydstsb.com/london2012
Samsung looks forward to recommencing its Presenting Partnership of the Olympic Torch Relay by providing citizens from the UK and around the world the opportunity to share the dynamic experiences of the London Olympic Games. For Athens 2004, under the theme of ‘Share the Experience’, Samsung was one of two Presenting Partners of the first ever global Olympic Torch Relay. For Torino 2006, Samsung provided a once-in-a-lifetime chance to run with the Olympic Flame to more than 1,900 people around the world in Italy. And as one of three Presenting Partners of the Beijing 2008 OTR, 1,500 Samsung torchbearers carried the flame for the International Torch Relay. For the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in particular, Samsung aims to leverage its role as a Presenting Partner to highlight its passion for youth and the future and encourage participants to join together in creating a memorable and inspirational journey.