Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of The London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee described the event as “Bolton’s moment to shine”, the day The Olympic Torch is carried through the streets of Bolton on Thursday May 12th as part of the Olympic Torch relay.
On average, 115 Torchbearers per day, each wearing a white and gold uniform created by Adidas, will carry the torch on it’s 8000 mile journey around Britain before it enters the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27th to ignite the Cauldron heralding the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Bolton is delighted and proud to have been selected as one of the towns to host the relay and Civic Chiefs have selected two Torchbearers from a number of applicants and nominees and the proud two are Dave Jolly, aged 68 from Harwood, who has been selected for his dedication to Amateur Sporting in Bolton and Anthony Evitts aged 16 from Bolton, for his achievements in swimming and a future Olympic hopeful.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Dave Jolly said “I feel really lucky to be nominated to carry the torch and to carry it through Bolton. I feel really privileged and to be doing it on behalf of 1000’s of volunteers involved in sport in Bolton”.
Anthony Evitts, a competitive swimmer for Bolton and Liverpool who has competed in National Championships told the paper, “I’m speechless, I’ve known about it since November but not been allowed to tell anyone. It has been difficult. Some of my friends have known something was going on but I’ve kept it quiet”.
Anthony who attends Canon Slade School hopes to compete in either the 2016 or 2020 Olympics and we all wish him well for that.
The circuit of Bolton will culminate in a free but ticketed event in Queens Park on the evening of Thursday the 31 May and a ‘Big Name’ is expected to headline at the concert. 12,000 tickets, will be made available on Monday 26 March, availability will be announced soon and it’s expected to be a great event.
Bolton’s involvement in The Olympic Torch Relay is a huge honour and a great opportunity to be seen around the world.
The Olympic Torch Route will be as follows:
Arrival Thursday 31 May
5.30pm Depart Hindley via Castle Hill Road
5.40pm Cricketers Way, Westoughton
5.59pm Tavern Pub, Wigan Road
6.20pm Haslam Park, Deane Road
6.33pm Bolton One, Bolton Town Centre
6.40pm Victoria Square, Bolton Town Centre
6.50pm Arrive at Spa Road, Queens Park, Bolton for evening event.
Departure Friday 1 June
6.06am Depart Bolton Town Centre, Victoria Square
6.12am Queens Park, Bolton
6.21am Bolton School, Chorley New Road
6.24am Cleveland Prep School, Chorley New Road
6.39am Beehive Roundabout, Horwich
6.51am Chorley New Road Primary School/Bolton College, Horwich Campus
7.01am Station Park, Horwich
7.10am Crown Pub/Roundabout, Horwich