Winchester District confirms the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along

Press Release: 19/03/2012

Local Torch bearer Sydney Dean and children from St Bede's Primary and Peter Symonds students celebrate the Torch Relay coming to Winchester and Kings

Winchester City Council is delighted to confirm that the streets the Olympic Flame will travel down in the Winchester District, and the names of the inspirational Torchbearers who will run in our community have been announced.

Winchester District will play host to the Torch Relay on Wednesday 11 July. The Torch will travel through Kings Worthy at the expected time of 1.14pm and then enter Winchester at the expected time of 1.21pm. The Torch Relay will travel along North Walls and Eastgate Street before heading up the Broadway, across the Cathedral Green and then continuing up the High Street and out of the City along Andover Road. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to share in the excitement of welcoming the Olympic Flame and to celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame in our community.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Winchester and Kings Worthy. Residents living in and around Winchester 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 in Winchester and Kings Worthy 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.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council said,

We are delighted that the Winchester District has been selected as part of the London 2012 Torch Relay and the details of the route really bring the event to life. This is a great opportunity for local people to be part of the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay and Winchester offers a fantastic setting for communities to get involved.  Wednesday 11 July will be a key milestone in the countdown to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Winchester is preparing to celebrate in style.  We hope people will come in large numbers to join in a day of fun and celebration and to welcome and support our local inspirational torchbearers.”

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 Winchester District’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% of the population.

Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (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.

To have a look at where the Torch Relay route for Winchester and Kings Worthy visit www.winchester2012.co.uk/london-2012-olympic-torch-relay/