Chorley has landed a major coup with the news that the Olympic Flame will pass through the town.
The flame will complete a 70-day journey around the UK to the Olympic Stadium ahead of the London Games and Chorley, Euxton and Croston have been included on the route.
Thousands of people are expected to line the streets on June 1 to welcome the torchbearers.
The arrival of the flame will mark a weekend of local celebrations coinciding with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend.
Chorley Council leader Coun Peter Goldsworthy, said: “The council wrote to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) earlier this year to encourage them to include the borough on theTorch Relay Route and we are delighted they have chosen Chorley and Euxton.
“This will be a great moment for Chorley. Watching the Olympic Flame pass through your street or a road in your town is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we are really pleased that people will get that opportunity on June 1.
“It will be a momentous occasion and will certainly put Chorley, Euxton and Croston on the map. We will give the Olympic Torchbearers and the flame an incredible welcome and would like everyone across the borough to line the streets as we celebrate the torchbearers achievements and the flame’s arrival.”
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers; each of whom will have a story of personal achievement or contribution to the local community.
In December, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February onwards.
Coun Goldsworthy added: “We haven’t found out if any of the torchbearers are from Chorley yet, but we have high hopes that local people will be the ones carrying the Olympic Torch through the borough.”
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, who wrote to Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee, earlier this year to press the case for the torch to come to Chorley in 2012, said: “The Olympic Torch is an iconic symbol and people throughout the United Kingdom will get the opportunity to see the torch on its way to London ahead of the games in the summer of next year.
“I wanted Chorley to be part of that celebration and also part of history as it will be many years before this opportunity presents itself again, even if the Olympic Games returns to the UK at some point in the future.
“That is why we have to grasp every opportunity to make the Olympic Games relevant to people here in Chorley and the Torch will help promote the games and attract more people to our town for this very special day.
“With several Olympic and Paralympic medal winners in Chorley I am sure we can build on previous success and get as many people as possible involved and enthused in the London Olympics.”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that Chorley and Euxton will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people across the Chorley Borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.”
Chorley, Euxton and Croston are three of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities to act as hosts.
The 70-day relay will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on May 19, and will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
Over 95 per cent of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street-by-street detail of the route and the times it will visit each area will be confirmed next year.
On the final day of the relay, the flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting at the opening ceremony.