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Olympic torchbearers

Denise Saliagopoulos with the Olympic Torch and representatives of sponsor Coca-Cola

Following the announcement that 6,800 people across the UK were given conditional offers to be Olympic torchbearers, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games Denise Saliagopoulos said:

“Congratulations to all those who have been offered the chance to become Olympic torchbearers. I’m sure they must be overjoyed at the prospect of being in the torch relay and at becoming part of Olympic history.

“The torch relay will pass through a number of Surrey towns and villages over three days next summer, culminating in a night of celebration at Stoke Park in Guildford. That will be the final stop outside London before the opening ceremony of the Games.”

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 flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities a chance to see it.

In Surrey it will also pass through Guildford, Egham, Felbridge, Godstone, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere and Godalming. Timings and the street-by-street route of the Olympic flame will be revealed by Olympic organiser LOCOG* next year.

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For more information contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

*LOCOG is the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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.

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