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Olympic Flame - coming to a street near you!

Herefordshire is gearing up for a taste of the Olympic Games when the Olympic Torch passes through a number of towns in the county on Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25.

Ledbury, Bartestree, Lugwardine, Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye will all welcome the Olympic Torch as it passes through the county on its route to the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced today the street level routes for the Torch Relay along with the Torchbearers who will carry it through the county.

County residents will have plenty of opportunities to share in the excitement as they are being encouraged come out and line the streets to welcome the Torch and cheer on the inspirational Torchbearers.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. This gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for the Olympic Flame’s passage through Herefordshire. Residents living in and around the county can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop from this website.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the flame through Herefordshire 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 designed by Adidas.

Herefordshire Council chairman, Cllr Olwyn Barnett said: “On behalf of Herefordshire I’m proud to welcome the Olympic Flame to our county and to join in celebrating the achievements of our inspirational Torchbearers who will carry the Flame.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved in celebrating the spirit of the Olympic Games in their community and to come out to see the Olympic Flame and be part of the Olympic Torch Relay as it crosses the UK.”

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 Herefordshire’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 more than 95 per cent 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.