The Olympic torch relay will pass through 11 towns and villages in Surrey during its nationwide tour, it was revealed today.
The flame will be in Surrey on July 10 and 17, next year, before returning again on July 20 for a night of celebration at Stoke Park in Guildford.
This will be the final stop outside London before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games.
In Surrey it will also pass through Egham, Felbridge, Godstone, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere and Godalming. Timings and the street-by-street route the Olympic flame will follow will be revealed by Olympic organiser LOCOG* next year.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for the 2012 Games Denise Saliagopoulos got a sneak preview of what is to come when she held the Olympic torch at County Hall on Friday (pictured).
She said: “The fact the torch relay will visit so many Surrey towns and villages over three days next summer is a thrilling prospect. It should pass within ten miles of almost everyone in the county so I hope as many people as possible turn out to celebrate.
“It was a thrill to hold a piece of Olympic history in my hands and get a small taste of what it must be like to carry the flame in the torch relay.”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Surrey to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
Public-sector organisations across Surrey will work with LOCOG to make the torch relay run as smoothly as possible. This will mostly involve ‘rolling road closures’ that will be reopened as promptly as possible after the torch has passed along a street.
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* LOCOG is the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Please find a photograph attached. Pic cap: Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games holding the Olympic torch at County Hall in Kingston, (centre), with Elisabeth Hassing and Andy Cope from the 2011 Coca-Cola Olympic torch tour.
People chosen to be Olympic torchbearers will be contacted later in the year.
The 70-day Olympic torch relay will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on the morning of May 19, 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities a chance to see it.
View an interactive map of the communities on the torch relay route at http://www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap
To find out about LOCOG’s Local Leaders programme, which aims to help people celebrate the 2012 Games, visit http://www.london2012.com/localleaders
Surrey County Council is working with the following district and borough councils along the route to manage the torch relay – Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge, Waverley, Runnymede.