Interest in the London 2012 Olympic games was ignited this morning by the announcement that Stoke-on-Trent is to be one of the 66 chosen to host the Olympic Torch.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has said that it is thrilled and honoured to confirm it has the privilege to host an Evening Celebration event as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on 30th May 2012.
This amazing evening event to welcome the Olympic Flame is the ideal opportunity for the city to shine on the national and international stage, to demonstrate what is special and unique about Stoke-on-Trent. We are a creative city and our celebrations to welcome the Flame will reflect this. The council will work with all; communities, schools, businesses and visitors in our city to showcase our strong heritage in the most spectacular evening event ever in living memory.
The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit. As part of the events, London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of the 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep. The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Council leader Mohammed Pervez confirmed that LOCOG will meet the majority of the cost of staging the event. The City Council’s contribution will be the event management, traffic management and crowd safety.
The London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer nomination programme launches today at 11am. Together with the three Presenting Partners ““ Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame. Full details of the LOCOG Torchbearer programme and how to nominate potential Torchbearers will be released from 11am today.
Earlier this morning we recorded this audio interview with Council Leader Mohammed Pervez. [LISTEN BELOW]