Residents and visitors are being invited by Bath & North East Somerset Council to welcome the Olympic Flame as Bath has been chosen as one of the ‘Communities on Route’ when the Torch travels through the South West on 22 May 2012.
Bath is one of more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
The Torch visiting Bath and North East Somerset is the highlight of a packed year of celebrations – with the Council planning both sporting and cultural events district-wide to suit every taste, along with challenges to inspire all during 2012. People are being encouraged to welcome the Olympic Flame to their street, celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame in their community and share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.
The Torch Relay Route has now been announced and can be viewed on the map below. For street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Bath and North East Somerset please visit www.bathnes.gov.uk/torch2012
The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through Bath include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the presenting partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so that family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.
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 27 July 2012 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 (www.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.