Hamworthy and Poole are two of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has worked closely with representatives throughout Dorset to devise the route.
Councillor Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "I'm delighted that we will welcoming the Olympic Flame to Poole and Hamworthy next year. I know that residents across Poole will be eager to take this lifetime opportunity to share in the ‘Olympic spirit’, as we mark the countdown to the London 2012 Games and support and celebrate those chosen to run with the flame."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: "We are thrilled to confirm that Hamworthy and Poole will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the Borough of Poole to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across the Borough of Poole to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
In announcing the villages, towns and cities, LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
You can view the interactive map to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.