London 2012 Olympic torch relay to stop off in Derry

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The London 2012 Olympic Torch is due to arrive in Derry on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Derry is among 74 locations confirmed this week by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The torch will arrive in Northern Ireland on June 3 and travel to Portrush, Derry, Newry and Belfast.

A special evening event in Derry 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, LOCOG 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 at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mayor Colum Eastwood says the torch’s arrival in Derry is “an amazing opportunity” for local communities and will help showcase the city and its story.

“The event will connect the city with a world-class event and the experience will be a legacy for everyone,” he said.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, says he’s “thrilled” that Derry City Council has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey.

“The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Derry~Londonderry, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the very best of the city.

“We have no doubt that the welcome Derry City Council will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer.”

The LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will run for six weeks from today.

The nomination portal at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame. The deadline for nominating through the LOCOG campaign is 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011. Judging panels will be set up in each Nation and Region of the UK to select the Torchbearers for their area.

Ninety per cent of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels including four public nomination campaigns.

In addition to the locations confirmed on the route this week, many other cities, towns, villages, sports venues and community hubs will be announced in a second, more detailed route announcement later this year.