Gold for Chorley

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcases prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.''The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch's triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today showcases prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.''The winning design connects the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to each of the 8,000 Torchbearers and their community. The Torch's triangular, gold-coloured form is perforated by 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 Torchbearers and their stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community which will be celebrated during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Chorley will be the first place in Lancashire to host the Olympic Torch when it passes through the county in June.

Organisers have announced the first torchbearer in the town and in the whole of Lancashire will take on the flame on the A6 Bolton Road on Friday, June 1.

The torch will then travel into Chorley town centre, out to Euxton, before finishing its local journey in Croston.

Residents are being encouraged to share in the excitement by lining the streets in fancy dress and creating welcome banners.

Some schools across the route will also be carrying out their own celebrations by lining the streets and making the streets a spectacle to start the journey at 7.20am.

Coun Peter Goldsworthy, the leader of Chorley Council, said: “We will never get the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame carried through the Chorley borough again.

“And although it is early morning when it is due to arrive, it will be fantastic if local people set their alarms a little earlier and came out to welcome the inspirational Olympic Torchbearers.

“There will be some delays in the area on the day as the roads will be closed temporarily as the Olympic Flame passes.

“However, the council is working with Lancashire Police and LOCOG to ensure there is minimal disruption and we are speaking to schools and businesses to help them plan for the occasion.

“It will be a momentous occasion and will certainly put Chorley, Euxton and Croston on the map.”

Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG said: “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 Chorley’s moment to shine.”

For the exact route, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.