Limavady Borough Council has released more details about the route the Olympic Flame will travel, and the names of the “inspirational” Torchbearers carrying the Olympic Torch as it passes through the borough on the afternoon of Monday, June 4.
The Flame will arrive in the Borough at approximately 3.20pm making its way past Benone Beach towards Bellarena. Following the Seacoast Road the Flame will travel a route which takes it onto the Aghanloo Road, Windyhill Road and then make its way into Limavady town via the Ballykelly Road, Mill Place, Ballyclose Street and Connell Street.
Turning onto Irish Green Street, the Olympic Flame will then head back on to the Ballykelly Road following the main road through Ballykelly and on to Greysteel. At approximately 4.45pm the Olympic Flame will leave Limavady Borough as it progresses on to the next leg of its journey which will take it through the Derry City Council area.
The names of 11 Torchbearers who have been selected to carry the Flame through the borough are: Sinead Hughes, Mark Herald and Kiernan McLaughlin will carry the Flame through Bellarena; Ena Kavanagh and Cormac Gillen will take the Flame through Limavady town; Helen Hasson, Ryan O’Connor, Samuel McAnaney and Declan O’Kane will take centre stage as the Torch Relay reaches Ballykelly; and Anthony Browne and Stephen McIlmoyle will carry the Flame on the last leg of this historic event through Greysteel.
Limavady Borough Council is urging as many people as possible to come out and line the streets to welcome the Olympic Flame, celebrate the achievements of the torchbearers and “share in the excitement the Olympic Torch Relay”.
The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay-map, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through the Limavady Borough.
Residents living in and around the borough can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.
Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.
Valerie Richmond, Director of Development at Limavady Borough Council said: “Having this information finally revealed to the public is fantastic and makes the whole event seem more real now and brings the whole thing to life.
“I just hope everyone in the borough will truly get behind the Torch Run and come out and support the Torchbearers in their community. This is the chance to get involved in what will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so lets make it count!”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “Now 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 Limavady Borough’s moment to shine.”
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 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.