Plymouth City Council
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Olympic Torch Relay
Plymouth confirms the street route for the Olympic Flame and Torchbearers
Plymouth City Council is today announcing the street route for the Olympic Torch Relay and the names of some of the inspirational Torchbearers from the city.
There will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame pass through Plymouth on the evening of Saturday 19 May 2012 and huge crowds are expected to line the route and cheer on the Torchbearers.
From approximately 7.40pm the Flame will be carried from Saltash Road outside HMS Drake in Devonport, into the city centre then around the Barbican and up onto the Hoe.
Council Leader, Vivien Pengelly said: “It is going to be a great honour and a wonderful spectacle to see the Olympic Flame in Plymouth. It is a once in a lifetime event and will be a fabulous opportunity for the people of Plymouth to share in the Olympic experience. People can line the streets, cheer on our inspirational torchbearers and enjoy the entertainment on the Hoe with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron when the Flame arrives.”
Plymouth is staging the UK’s first London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration event at the end of the first day of the Torch Relay. There will be live, free entertainment on the Hoe. The Council is working with LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the Relay – Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – to host the evening celebration and details of the event will be released over the next few months.
On Sunday 20 May the Olympic Flame will set off from Plymouth at 7.50am from the Plymouth Life Centre and travel through the city centre and out into the South Hams.
Some of the Torchbearers who were successfully nominated to carry the Olympic Flame are also being announced today.
Plymouth City Council nominated inspirational employee Andy Netherton who will carry the Flame. He has worked for the Council for 12 years and works in public safety, making the city a safer place to live. He’s a member of the Territorial Army and has served in Afghanistan.
Plymouth University associate lecturer and researcher Ian Sherriff will also be a Torchbearer. He is a prolific volunteer and his work includes volunteering with a local junior football team and the Alzheimers Society and he spent 25 years in the Fleet Air Arm where he was part of the field gun crew for the Royal Tournament.
The Torchbearers that are 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.
Two Lloyds TSB Torchbearers from Plymouth are 14 year old singer and charity fundraiser Poppy Mills and Jordan Anderton who campaigns to raise awareness and funds for teenagers with cancer.
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.
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 Plymouth’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 per cent of the population.