The iconic Olympic Flame comes to Castle Point on 6 July.
It will travel nearly four miles through the Borough from the A13 London Road through Hadleigh before turning down Chapel Lane to the Mountain Bike venue at Hadleigh Farm then along the Rayleigh Road to the A127.
The flame’s whistle stop tour of the Borough is part of its 8,000 mile journey around the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey on its way to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London for the opening ceremony on 27 July. Its visit to the Borough provides an exciting opportunity for residents to celebrate the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and its significance for the Borough.
“The arrival of the Olympic Flame in Castle Point will be just the start of an exciting summer for all of us in Castle Point,” said Cllr Pam Challis, leader of the Council.
“The choice of Hadleigh Farm as the location for the Olympic Mountain Bike event brings all the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games to the heart of our Borough and will put Hadleigh on the map for thousands of visitors, boosting tourism to our area.”
For exact details of where to see the flame visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. The site gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Castle Point... Residents can check out the nearest location to see the iconic procession.
Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through the Borough won the honour via the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to slot 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 designed by adidas.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘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 Castle Point’s moment to shine.’
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium 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.