Olympic torch relay route through Lancashire revealed

CELEBRATING From left, Craig Fallon and Coun Kate Hollern with Team GB Judo team members Karina Bryant and Nathan Burns

CELEBRATING County Councillor Roper and the Mayor of Lancaster Paul Woodruff unveiled the route next to the town's iconic Eric Morecambe statue.

First published in Crawshawbooth Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

THE official route for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay has been revealed - and it will pass through several Lancashire towns.

The Olympic torch will set off from Land’s End on May 19 and make its way across the length and breadth of Britain before arriving in London on July 27.

On June 1, the journey from Bolton to Liverpool will pass through Lancashire, including Chorley, Euxton, Croston, Burscough, Ormskirk and Southport.

On June 22, the torch will pass through Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang, Fleetwood before arriving at Blackpool.

The next day, on the Blackpool to Manchester leg, it will travel through Lytham St Annes, Warton, Preston, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Crawshawbooth and Rawtenstall.

Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Geoffrey Roper, said: "I am delighted Lancashire has been chosen for the Torch Relay, which will be seen by people around the world.

"The people of Lancashire are thrilled that as the Torch Relay travels around the world it will pass through our historic county of Lancashire and people are sure to turn out along the route to cheer it on its way."

To mark the announcement, Blackburn Town Hall will be lit up in the Olympic colours throughout this week.

Yesterday, leader of the council Kate Hollern attended an Olympic-themed event at Audley Sports Centre where she met three would-be Olympians.

The members of the Great Britain judo squad were at the centre to hold a junior training session and inspire young people to be at the top of their game.

The athletes included Blackburn-born Nathan Burns, world champion Craig Fallon and five-times world silver medallist Karina Bryant.

Coun Hollern said: “It is fantastic news that we have are going to be right at the centre of one of the most important sporting events in the world.

“We are very lucky in this borough to have so many talented sporting people so it is fitting that we should get the opportunity to celebrate the games in this way.

“I hope that that as many residents as possible get involved in the Olympics activities we have planned as I’d like the legacy of the games to continue and ensure we produce many more world class athletes.”

Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council Coun Miles Parkinson, said: “It’s going to be a year of celebrations for us with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“We’re very excited to have the Olympic torch relay coming through Accrington.

"The council has already started making plans and hopes to work with sports groups and Accrington Stanley to host a mini Olympics for the borough.”

Coun Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said: “It’s terrific news for the borough.

“In the North West we are a long way from London, so this will get a lot more people involved and interested in the Olympics.”

Mayor of Burnley, Coun David Heginbotham, said it was a ‘massive honour’ for the town.

He said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a sports fan or not, this is a great boost for our town and I’m sure people will turn out in their thousands to see the Olympic Torch make its way through our borough.

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: "This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Lancashire 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."

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11:00am Mon 7 Nov 11

gudari says...

Well whoopee-doo! We live in an impoverished part of a supposedly near-bankrupt country. We have a government which is cutting important front-line services left, right and centre and is intent on scrapping the NHS and which has just splashed out £750,000 on Olympic tickets and we are supposed to be enthusiastic about this? The London Olympics will benefit no-one outside the M25 and, along with the civil list, the troops in Afghanistan and the Libyan conflict, should have been the areas where money could have been saved!
Well whoopee-doo! We live in an impoverished part of a supposedly near-bankrupt country. We have a government which is cutting important front-line services left, right and centre and is intent on scrapping the NHS and which has just splashed out £750,000 on Olympic tickets and we are supposed to be enthusiastic about this? The London Olympics will benefit no-one outside the M25 and, along with the civil list, the troops in Afghanistan and the Libyan conflict, should have been the areas where money could have been saved! gudari
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11:03am Mon 7 Nov 11

burner says...

I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol!
I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol! burner
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1:56pm Mon 7 Nov 11

gudari says...

burner wrote:
I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol!
Can I bring my pea-shooter and catapult??
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol![/p][/quote]Can I bring my pea-shooter and catapult?? gudari
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2:27pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Burnley student says...

This is a really good thing for Burnley, the Olympic torch is merely a focus point for the events I hope the council organises around this that will bring the benefits of having this event in the UK all the way to Burnley.
This is a really good thing for Burnley, the Olympic torch is merely a focus point for the events I hope the council organises around this that will bring the benefits of having this event in the UK all the way to Burnley. Burnley student
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4:50pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Izanears says...

burner wrote:
I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol!
I won't be there burner, even with a water pistol. In the days of the Roman empire when things got bad the Emperor gave the population circuses when they really should have had bread. All this running a torch around the country is just another circus. As gudari says, the Olympics will benefit no one outside of London, and even this might be wrong because according to a report last night, hotel bookings in the capital are down 95% during the Olympic fortnight, because tourists don't want to be involved in all the problems the games will create.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: I shall be there on the route . . . . . with my water-pistol![/p][/quote]I won't be there burner, even with a water pistol. In the days of the Roman empire when things got bad the Emperor gave the population circuses when they really should have had bread. All this running a torch around the country is just another circus. As gudari says, the Olympics will benefit no one outside of London, and even this might be wrong because according to a report last night, hotel bookings in the capital are down 95% during the Olympic fortnight, because tourists don't want to be involved in all the problems the games will create. Izanears
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5:04pm Mon 7 Nov 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Rumour has it that Rossendale Council are going to errect a hoarding at the bottom of Bank Street opposite Asda, with a scenic view painted on it so they won't see Rawtenstall and its eye sore Valley centre (or what remains of it!). It will then remain insitu for another ten years.
Rumour has it that Rossendale Council are going to errect a hoarding at the bottom of Bank Street opposite Asda, with a scenic view painted on it so they won't see Rawtenstall and its eye sore Valley centre (or what remains of it!). It will then remain insitu for another ten years. HelmshoreBoy
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8:44pm Mon 7 Nov 11

clickhere says...

Baa! Humbug!!
Baa! Humbug!! clickhere
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10:51pm Mon 7 Nov 11

sean_brfc says...

What a bunch of moaners!
What a bunch of moaners! sean_brfc
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11:12am Tue 8 Nov 11

Heretical says...

Keep an eye on what bills get passed and legislation gets put forward in parliament while the Olympic jollies are on...'cos if 'they' run true to form (Royal weddings being a case in point) nasty stuff slips through while the masses are all doing a bit of flag waving.......!
Cynical..me nah!
Keep an eye on what bills get passed and legislation gets put forward in parliament while the Olympic jollies are on...'cos if 'they' run true to form (Royal weddings being a case in point) nasty stuff slips through while the masses are all doing a bit of flag waving.......! Cynical..me nah! Heretical
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11:12am Tue 8 Nov 11

Heretical says...

Keep an eye on what bills get passed and legislation gets put forward in parliament while the Olympic jollies are on...'cos if 'they' run true to form (Royal weddings being a case in point) nasty stuff slips through while the masses are all doing a bit of flag waving.......!
Cynical..me nah!
Keep an eye on what bills get passed and legislation gets put forward in parliament while the Olympic jollies are on...'cos if 'they' run true to form (Royal weddings being a case in point) nasty stuff slips through while the masses are all doing a bit of flag waving.......! Cynical..me nah! Heretical
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11:45am Tue 8 Nov 11

Peter Henni says...

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
!!!! the olympic cornetto is coming through blackburn :)
WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! !!!! the olympic cornetto is coming through blackburn :) Peter Henni
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3:19pm Tue 8 Nov 11

britguy says...

Isn't it wonderful that the Olympic committee and the likes of Lord Coe have granted us minions the privilege of watching the torch go by. All this on top of Lord Coe telling us that we can "Bid" for a ticket, but didnt tell us it was a waste of time as most had been allocated to big corporation and sponsors, and what hadn't gone to them went to people like Eon and Barclaycard so us riff raff could "win a ticket. Mind you I see the government done all right, £750,000 of tickets for the elite.This is so exciting I almost come.
Well in a nutshell shove the torch up your arse and you can make space for the Olympics as well.
Isn't it wonderful that the Olympic committee and the likes of Lord Coe have granted us minions the privilege of watching the torch go by. All this on top of Lord Coe telling us that we can "Bid" for a ticket, but didnt tell us it was a waste of time as most had been allocated to big corporation and sponsors, and what hadn't gone to them went to people like Eon and Barclaycard so us riff raff could "win a ticket. Mind you I see the government done all right, £750,000 of tickets for the elite.This is so exciting I almost come. Well in a nutshell shove the torch up your arse and you can make space for the Olympics as well. britguy
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3:38pm Tue 8 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

so chaps to kill the satanic ritual of these Olympics we need someone to **** on the torch and put the flame out.... what about you hot pants?
so chaps to kill the satanic ritual of these Olympics we need someone to **** on the torch and put the flame out.... what about you hot pants? Lifeinthemix
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