The route of a trail that will see the 1948 Olympic Torch complete a 170-mile trip around the area during 2-5 June was today announced at Lynnsport.
Leaving Lynnsport at 9.15 am on 2 June, the 1948 Torch Trail, led by the West Norfolk Sports Council, will pass through 80 of the area’s towns and villages before returning to Lynnsport on 5 June.
Former Olympian Paul Evans and Ray Harding, chief executive of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk will be the first to carry the torch from Lynnsport.
164 torchbearers on foot and cycle will carry the torch over the four-day event. These people, aged between 14 and over 60, have been nominated by their local communities.
Chair of the West Norfolk Sports Council Geoff Sturgeon, said: “The nation is gearing up to London 2012 and this is set to be a really momentous year for sports in the UK. We think the trail is a great way to link and bring local communities together to celebrate Olympic year and we hope lots of people will join us over the extended bank holiday.”
Cllr Nockolds, Cabinet Member of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, which has been working in partnership with the West Norfolk Sports Council through the Let’s Get Active campaign to make the trail a reality, will carry the torch on the second leg. She said: “I am really looking forward to being part of the trail and think it will be a fantastic way for local people to get involved in celebrating Olympic year. The council is keen to work with local organisations like the sports council to highlight activities that the whole community can enjoy in this special year."
16 villages on the route will be holding special sports taster sessions, where people can try a range of sports for free. The taster sessions are being organised by Active Norfolk. For more information please contact Amy East (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ellen Vanlint, Active Norfolk, said: "All the activities planned in West Norfolk sound fantastic. It's great we are able to deliver Village Games roadshows along the route to help celebrate the occasion. I'm sure it'll be a really fun-filled and exciting few days".
The Stoke Association is also supporting the initiative and is inviting people to take part in sponsored events over the extended holiday weekend. The events will raise money for the Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Stroke Association. Full details to be confirmed confirmed shortly.
The 1948 Torch Trail is part of the Let’s Get Active 2012 campaign – a year-long campaign highlighting sports and activities in West Norfolk in Olympic year. To find out more please visit: www.letsgetactive.org.uk.
Please note that this event is not associated with the London 2012 Official Torch Relay due to pass through Norfolk on 4 July. For more information please see the London 2012 website.
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