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News Release

Aberdeenshire towns to welcome the Olympic Flame

16th March 2012

The iconic Olympic Flame will be carried through nine Aberdeenshire communities this summer, it has been confirmed.

The names of the inspirational Torchbearers who will run in communities the length and breadth of the Shire, are also revealed today (Mon, Mar 19).

The Olympic Flame will travel through Crathie, Ballater, Dinnet, Aboyne, Kincardine O’Neil, Banchory, Drumoak, Stonehaven and Marykirk on Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12, and locals are being urged to get involved in the celebrations and share in the excitement of the Torch Relay.

Maps detailing the route can be found on Aberdeenshire Council's Olympic webpage at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/olympic_torch_relay

The programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Aberdeenshire. Residents can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame in Aberdeenshire include those who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to place all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.

Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, said:  “Aberdeenshire is immensely proud to welcome the Olympic Flame to our communities this summer. Today’s announcement of the streets the Olympic Torch Relay will travel along in June will really bring the route to life for a lot of people in the area.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to get involved at a local level in such a momentous occasion and I am sure that our residents will turn out in force to show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers and the event itself.

“Aberdeenshire is sure to provide a stunning backdrop for the Olympic Flame and Torchbearers to travel through.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “Today 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 Aberdeenshire’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 Saturday, July 27, for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.

Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers.

Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school's preparations for the Relay.


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