The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) have revealed the route that the Olympic Torch will take when it comes to Newtownabbey on June 3.
The Olympic flame will be arrive in the borough at around 10am to be carried by inspirational torchbearers along the O’Neill Road, Station Road and onto the Shore Road before proceeding on to neighbouring Carrickfergus. The torch arrives in the borough from Belfast and will travel across Northern Ireland for six days.
Speaking about the street level announcement, Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, commented: “June 3 will be an amazing day for Newtownabbey. The council and other agencies have been working together for months on plans to welcome the Torch Run to our borough. We are hoping the local community from across the borough will line the route to see the Olympic flame shine a light on Newtownabbey. As part of the celebrations we will be hosting a Big Party at Jordanstown Loughshore Park on June 3.
“The Torchbearers all have their own inspirational stories and their involvement brings special local significance to the event. I am encouraging everyone to plan to see the Olympic Flame on June 3 and be part of its Olympic journey to London 2012.”
The council will be providing lots more information to the community over the next few months about how they can get involved in the celebrations and what the arrangements will be on the day.
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 Newtownabbey.
The Torchbearers carrying the Flame includes 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.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “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 Newtownabbey’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 July 27 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 tegion of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.
Schools right 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.