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Does someone you know hold a torch for the olympics


11:01am 30th May 2011

LOCOG announces first Yorkshire and Humber locations on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route and launches Torchbearer nominations

* First 5 Yorkshire and Humber locations on the Olympic Flame's journey revealed

* Hull, York, Leeds, Sheffield and Cleethorpes to welcome Olympic Flame at evening celebration event

* Search for 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers from  across the UK begins.

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Marking a year until the Olympic Flame arrives into the UK, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today reveals Land's End is the start point for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the dates and locations for the evening celebration events taking place across Yorkshire and Humber.

A second, more detailed route announcement to be made later this year will provide information on the other cities, towns, villages and places of outstanding natural beauty, sports venues and community hubs the Olympic Flame will visit on each day of the Torch Relay in Yorkshire and Humber.

Today LOCOG also launches the search for 8,000 Torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame across Yorkshire and Humber and the rest of the UK with the start of the LOCOG Moment to Shine public nomination campaign.

Together with the three Presenting Partners of the Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is inviting members of the public from across Yorkshire and Humber to nominate inspirational people, give them their 'moment to shine' and have their story celebrated in the run up to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said:

'The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Yorkshire and Humber and we are thrilled to announce the first 5 stops in the region and that an early evening celebration event will be held in each of these locations.'

'I hope people right across the South West start to think about rewarding someone truly inspirational and give someone they know who has gone beyond their personal best, their moment to shine by nominating them to carry the Olympic Flame.'

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and Chairman of Yorkshire Gold said:

 " Hosting the Torch over six days in Yorkshire and Humber is terrific news. This offers us a great opportunity to profile everything that is fantastic about Yorkshire and Humber to a worldwide audience.  I urge everyone to play their part in making sure we make the most of this once in a life time occasion. Make sure you nominate someone you know to run with the Torch and get involved in your local community celebrations."

From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land's End, an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame during its 70 day journey towards the Olympic Stadium in London. 

The Olympic Flame will travel for approximately 12 hours each day, concluding on 66 of the 70 days with an exciting early evening celebration event that will enable thousands of people each evening to enjoy a variety of entertainment and shows staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners with the support of the host Local Authority. Each celebration event will differ with locally programmed content on the stage which will add to the celebratory atmosphere. Many thousands more people are expected to celebrate along the route each day.

Running for six weeks from today, the LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will see nominations judged by local panels set up in each Nation and Region of the UK.

click here to make your nomination. The deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

Young people in particular from across Yorkshire and Humber are encouraged to get involved, with half of the total number of Torchbearer places expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age who are considered leading lights in their local communities.

90% of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels, including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. The Presenting Partner campaigns will start in June 2011.  Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of achievement and or contribution to their local community. 

LOCOG today also announces the following Supporting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay: Worldwide Olympic Partner Visa, Tier One Partners BMW, BT and EDF Energy, Tier Three Providers Aggreko and Holiday Inn.

More details of their involvement in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be released over the coming year.


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