Olympic flame to pass through area

Published: 7 Nov 2011 14:0063 comments

THE Olympic flame will pass through Inverclyde on its way to the historic London Games next year.

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Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow are two of more than a thousand villages, towns and cities that will welcome the Olympic torch - and the news was warmly received today.

Provost Michael McCormick said it was a huge honour for Inverclyde as a whole, and particularly Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow.

He said: "Inverclyde's strength is its sense of community, and this will be a real opportunity for people to come together, witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay, mark the countdown to the start of the Games and support the members of the community who have been chosen to run with the Olympic flame.

The names of the places being visited by the flame were confirmed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), which has worked closely with Inverclyde people to devise the route.

Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG said: 'We are thrilled to confirm that Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, and extend an invitation to people in Inverclyde to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.

"I want to encourage Inverclyde people to start planning how they can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime 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 on 19 May, travelling an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.

Officials from LOCOG say they have achieved their aim of taking the flame to within an hour's journey time of more than 95 per cent of the population.

The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

An interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap will enable people to find their nearest community through which the flame will be carried.

The flame will eventually reach the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It will be carried across the UK by 8,000 torchbearers.

Successful nominees will be contacted in December with a conditional offer, and final torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February.

Janice Hendrie, of Inverclyde Athletic Club, has been named already as a torchbearer.

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