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The Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Skegness

Olympic Tourch Relay Come To Skegness!

THE Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Skegness – one month before the start of the London 2012 Olympics!

The Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) has today announced that the Olympic Torch will travel through Skegness on June 27, 2012.

East Lindsey District Council has been working closely with LOCOG for some time to ensure the District has a key role to play during London 2012.

The Games can create significant opportunities for local people by bringing communities together and strengthening the economy.

A number of people living in Lincolnshire have already been told they have been shortlisted to carry the Olympic Torch during its 8,000 mile tour of the UK – a once in a lifetime chance.

"Today's announcement means people living locally and visitors to our District will be able to be part of the biggest sporting event on earth in East Lindsey and we should be proud of this. We want everyone to line the Torch's route and to celebrate this important national event.

"We've already announced our intention to develop a District-wide programme of cultural and sporting events for 2012 and the Torch Relay fits perfectly within that.

"East Lindsey has been developing close ties with London 2012 and this has already seen Skegness host Games Time, the performance by the community at SO Festival 2011.

"We need to build on this success and promote East Lindsey regionally, nationally and internationally as an exciting place to visit.

"We will be continuing our discussions with LOCOG to ensure we maximise other opportunities that may benefit East Lindsey in the run up to and during the Games."

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: 'We are thrilled to confirm that towns and villages across Lincolnshire will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the 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 Lincolnshire 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, Cornwall on the morning of May 19 2012. On leaving Land's End, the Olympic Flame will travel 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, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.

People are invited to view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.

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 July 27, 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.

Today LOCOG launches two new public participation programmes. The 'Local Leaders' initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme at www.london2012.com/localleaders to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.

Also launched today is the 'Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay' education resource, available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012's official education programme. The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3 to 16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself. A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers. Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay.

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