Olympic torch relay to light up Limavady borough

Limavady Mayor, Sean McGlinchey has welcomed news the London 2012 Olympic torch relay route will pass through four areas of the borough next year.

The flame arrives in Belfast on 3 June 2012 with relay runners carrying it to more than 60 towns and villages as well as a number of beauty spots.

Torch-bearers will carry the flame over the famous Carrick-a-rede rope bridge and it will also cross Lough Neagh and the River Bann.

The flame leaves Northern Ireland for Scotland on 7 June.

On 4 June, the torch will be taken across the River Bann and on to Coleraine, Articlave, Castlerock, Downhill, Bellarena, Limavady, Ballykelly, Greysteel and Derry.

“I think it’s brilliant that the outer areas of the borough are getting such a lift from this. It’ll be fantastic and an amazing sight for people to see,” said Sinn Fein Councillor McGlinchey.

“This is a piece of history and it’s fantastic that four areas of the borough will take part in that. It means the areas will get a bit of a lift. We are always hearing about Limavady and Dungiven but for those areas such as Ballykelly and Greysteel it will give them a lift.”

During its journey around Northern Ireland, the torch will be carried to Stormont grounds and the Giant’s Causeway.

The flame will be carried by 8,000 torch-bearers during its 70-day journey around the UK, which begins when it arrives at Land’s End from Greece on 18 May.

The torch will travel for about 12 hours a day, arriving at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

The torch-bearers, who will be members of the public nominated because of personal achievements or service to the community, will know in early December if they have been selected. Organisers have made arrangements for torch-bearers with special needs.