Olympic Torch route around West Norfolk revealed
The route of a trail that will see the 1948 Olympic Torch complete a 170-mile trip around West Norfolk was announced today.
Leaving Lynnsport at 9.15 am on June 2, 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 three days later.
They include Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton, Docking, North Creake, the Massinghams, Marham, Barton Bendish, Methwold, Feltwell, Southery, Wimbotsham, Nordelph, Upwell, Marshland and the Walpoles.
Former Olympian Paul Evans and Ray Harding, chief executive of West Norfolk council will be the first to carry the torch.
Some 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.
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Geoff Sturgeon, chair of the West Norfolk Sports Council, 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.'
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West Norfolk council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds will carry the torch on the second leg. '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,' she said.
'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.'
Sixteen 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. Ellen Vanlint, from 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.