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13 March 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route through Lancashire has been officially announced.
People in Lancashire can now find out exactly which streets and landmarks the Torch Relay will visit in their local area by visiting www.lancashire.gov.uk/2012 and www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map.

And the names of the inspirational torchbearers, who will carry the iconic torch, have also been revealed.

County Councillor Geoffrey Roper, Chairman of the county council said: "I'm sure that Lancashire will give a very warm welcome to the Torch Relay.

"The eyes of the world will be on Lancashire when the Torch Relay visits in June. I would encourage people to line the streets and welcome this once-in-a-lifetime event.

"We are especially proud of the Lancastrians who have been chosen to be Torchbearers. They are representing themselves and are also representing their communities. They should feel tremendously privileged to be among those who have been chosen to join the Torch Relay."

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 Lancashire's moment to shine."

The Lancashire County Council website (www.lancashire.gov.uk/2012), will give street-by-street details and proposed times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through the county and communities will be able to use their local district council websites to find out exactly what is happening on the route.

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 Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To help schools and colleges across the UK to join in with the Relay, free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay are available through Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme – www.london2012.com/getset.

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.

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