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Press Release

Monday 19 March 2012

Torch relay coming through Fareham Town Centre

The Olympic Flame will be carried through Fareham Town Centre on Sunday 15 July, with the 'Torch Relay Flame Convoy' starting in East Street at 4.30pm moving onto West Street through the pedestrian area, passed Westbury Manor Museum, down Hartlands Road and onto and along the A32 as far a 'Fareham Reach'.

Fareham Town Centre will have a celebratory 'carnival' atmosphere on the Sunday, with the 'Presenting Partners Convoy' - Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, expected to arrive in West Street around 3pm. This will be followed by a 'Fareham 2012' parade along West Street involving children from the local 'Get Set Schools’ and members of local sports clubs and organisations.

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “I am delighted to announce that the Olympic Flame will be passing through Fareham Town Centre at 4.30pm on Sunday 15 July. We are creating a 'carnival' atmosphere to welcome the Olympic Flame as it travels through the town centre and I hope many local residents will join us to celebrate a momentous, 'once in a life time' occasion and welcome the inspirational torchbearers into our local community."

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

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through Fareham include those who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG. 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: "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 Fareham’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 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 over 95% 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. Local Clubs and Schools in Fareham can still sign up to take part in the town centre event, for further information please contact the Leisure and Community Team: fareham2012@fareham.gov.uk or 01329 236100.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Fareham Torch Relay 'Exceptional Person'

Luke Earley, from Southampton is a special young man who persuaded and inspired his 61 year old father and 2 friends to cycle 1000k through France in 10 days, raising over £6000 for a centre for severely disabled children and young people. Luke became involved in the centre firstly as a volunteer because there was a need for enthusiastic teenagers who could talk football, play video games and provide appropriate positive friendships. He enjoyed this demanding work and overcame his initial anxiety and fear of the unfamiliar surroundings and young people who needed extra help and patience. On days out he has experienced anger and intolerance at times from the general public who often do not understand disability and rarely experience it. He has dealt with this by being patient and showing how disabled people are entitled to respect and equal opportunities. He has an adopted autistic brother who has made life difficult and embarrassing for him at times. He has never complained about this even when things at home have become almost unbearable and the family have been under extreme pressure.

Presenting Partners

As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/olympic-games

As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the spirit and inspiration of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. Schools can be right at the heart of the celebrations through our Flame Followers programme, giving them access to free resources to get their pupils inspired and excited about the Olympic Torch Relay (schools can register at www.lloydstsb.com/flamefollowers). Customers can be the first to hear how they can follow the Olympic Flame, through our customer-exclusive programme Trackside. Find out more at www.lloydstsb.com/london2012.

As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the London 2012 Torch Relay to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will travel with Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012.

 

For Further Information Contact:
Sue Mills, PR and Marketing Manager, tel: 01329 824518 or Janine Hensman, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
 



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