Bracknell urged to join Olympic celebrationsBy Laura Herbert
November 15, 2011
Communities in Bracknell are encouraged to come together to celebrate London 2012 as the Olympic Flame passes through the town.
Residents are invited to line the streets and celebrate as Torchbearers carry the flame through Bracknell on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, as part of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Bracknell is one of more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities chosen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Announcing the news on Monday, Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “Bracknell Forest Council is delighted the Olympic Flame will pass through the borough on July 10 as part of the Olympic Torch Relay.
“It will give residents of Bracknell Forest the opportunity to witness a once in a lifetime event, and will help everyone get into the spirit of the Olympic games.
“We hope residents will line the streets to not only witness the Olympic Torch, but to support the people who have been chosen to run with it.”
The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012, and make its way to the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012.
Chris Vaal, leisure development manager for the council, added: “Hopefully it will allow people to get quite close to the most major sporting event to take place in this country for many years.
“My main focus will be making sure everything is in place for the Olympic Torch to come through safely and for people who want to come and see to make sure they can do.”
He continued: “We don’t know who is carrying it in Bracknell but I would rather like to see Bracknell people carrying it through and their family and friends come out and celebrate the event.”
Community groups and businesses are encouraged to celebrate the Olympics by organising events before and after the Torch relay through Bracknell.
Vincent Paliczka, director of environment, culture and communities, said: “It is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in the Oylmpics in Bracknell.
“In Bracknell we pride ourselves on our leisure facilities and the services we offer.
“I think having the focus of the Olympic Torch coming through is a good focus for communities to plan what they might like to do. It’s about communities themselves getting involved.”
Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG, added: “We are thrilled to confirm Bracknell will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Bracknell Forest to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.”
- 8,000 inspiring Torchbearers will have an opportunity to take centre stage
- 8,000 miles is the estimated total distance the Olympic Flame will travel either in relay or in convoy
- 2,012 Torchbearers found through the LOCOG Moment to Shine public nomination campaign
- More than 1,000 villages, towns and cities will have Torchbearers carrying the Olympic Flame through their streets
- 300 metres is the average distance each Torchbearer will carry the Olympic Flame
- A 150-word story is required for nomination applications
- 110 Torchbearers (on average) to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay each day
- 110 miles is the estimated average distance travelled by the Olympic Flame each day
- 95 per cent of the UK population will be within 10 miles of the Olympic Torch Relay and the Flame
- 66 evening celebrations will take place in towns and cities
- 70 days is the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
- 50 per cent of the Torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24 years