Olympic Flame is coming to the district

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 15:11

Lichfield District is on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route

Lichfield District Council is proud to announce that on Saturday 30 June 2012 the Olympic Flame will be visiting the National Memorial Arboretum, and then be carried through the streets of Streethay, Lichfield and Hopwas.  

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that Streethay, Lichfield and Hopwas are just three of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities through which the Olympic Flame will travel. Carried by more than 8000 Torchbearers, the Flame will travel the length and breadth of the country as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Lichfield District Council has worked closely with LOCOG and local partners to identify a route through the district.  

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: "We're delighted LOCOG has accepted our invitation to bring the Olympic Flame to the district on 30 June 2012. It will be a once in a life time opportunity to see the Flame pass through our local streets and communities, and will help to build the anticipation of the Games. 

"We worked hard with our partners to secure the route through the district, and we're now working together to organise a day of celebration. Plans are at an early stage, but so far include a community games, community races, musical performances and more. We're hoping many people from across the district and further afield will join us for the festivities. Keep up to date on our plans at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/2012 ."

Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Organising Committee Chair, said: "We are thrilled to confirm that Lichfield District will act as host location for the Olympic Flame, and we extend an invitation to people in Lichfield District to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.   

"This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Lichfield District to start planning how they can be part of this exciting opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame, as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games." 

The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land's End in Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. It will then be carried an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them. 

In announcing the villages, towns and cities LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, more than 95% of the population will be within just ten miles of the Olympic Flame next summer.

On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to 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.  

The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards. 

"The Olympic Torch Relay will shine a spotlight on the people and places of Lichfield District and demonstrate that the Olympic spirit is alive and well," added Cllr Richards.

Regular updates about the day's festivities will be posted to the council's website at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/2012 , so make sure you check back to see how you can be involved in this exciting day.

On Monday 7 November, Lichfield Cathedral School pupils, aged from 9 to 15, joined Cllr Val Richards and Paul Watson, Project Manager of the Lichfield District Olympic Torch Community Force, to celebrate the news that the Olympic Flame is coming to the city and district.

"Our pupils were delighted to be involved in the launch of this fantastic event, and I hope the Olympic spirit inspires them to achieve their personal ambitions," said Michael Chanter, Headmaster of Lichfield Cathedral School.