Bolton Olympic torch route revealed 

19/03/12
Torch relay
The torch will come past the Town Hall, in Victoria Square. Outside the Town Hall are (from left): torchbearer Antony Evitts, Deputy Leader Councillor Linda Thomas and torchbearer Dave Jolly.
Street-by-street details of the Olympic torch relay route in Bolton and names of inspirational torchbearers have been announced.
                       
The torch comes to Bolton on Thursday, May 31, as part of its 70-day journey around the UK for the 2012 Olympic Games and will stay overnight before moving on to the next town.
 
Crowds will be able to catch the first glimpse of the flame when it arrives in Westhoughton, Bolton on Castle Hill Road, at the border with Wigan, at 5.30pm.
 
It will then travel down the A58 Cricketers Way and along Market Street, before going back on the A58 and in to Bolton via Wigan Road. The torch will then make its way down Deane Road, before entering Victoria Square via Howell Croft South.
 
The Olympic flame will leave Victoria Square via Le Mans Crescent, on to Deansgate, Spa Road and in to Spa Road playing fields, in Queen’s Park at 6.50pm, where Bolton is hosting a free evening celebration event for all the community.
 
The event is ticketed, local groups will feature and details of how to get tickets will be released soon.
 
The torch will leave Bolton on June 1, just after 6am, from Victoria Square. It will travel on to Chorley New Road, go down Scholes Bank in Horwich before arriving in Chorley at approximately 7.20am.
 
Communities are being urged to line the streets to celebrate the achievements of the inspirational torchbearers carrying the flame in their community and share in the excitement of the Olympic torch relay.
 
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Witnessing the spectacle of the Olympic torch relay will be a historic day for our residents.
 
“This announcement really brings the route to life and will encourage people to get involved by lining the streets. We are looking forward to welcoming all the inspirational torchbearers to the community.”
 
Towns hosting evening celebrations were able to select two torchbearers. Bolton’s civic leaders have chosen Dave Jolly for dedicating a lifetime to sport and Antony Evitts for his excellence in swimming.
 
Other torchbearers confirmed to carry the flame include those that were successful through the nomination processes run by LOCOG and its presenting partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
 
Chair of LOCOG, Sebastian Coe, added: ‘Today we bring the Olympic torch relay to life. The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic flame will be carried along and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Bolton’s moment to shine.’
 
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 July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the Olympic Games. 
  
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Dave Jolly, age 68, was selected by Bolton’s civic leaders for dedicating a lifetime to sport. He is chairman of the Bolton Sports Federation, and a long standing official of the Ladies’ Rounders League.
 
He became involved in rounders in 1979, and 32 years on, still assembles the pitch at every home game. His greatest achievement is setting up a junior league which has introduced hundreds of children to rounders and created the first pool of 25 qualified coaches.
 
Dave said: “It’s a big honour and I’m really looking forward to it. It is a big bonus and a real coup for Bolton, particularly as it is going to be here overnight. I hope everyone welcomes it wholeheartedly and with open arms.”
 
Antony Evitts, age 16, has been selected as a torchbearer for his excellence in swimming. From age 11, he has been ranked in the top six in Great Britain in four events. His biggest achievement to date is qualifying for two events in the 2010 British Championships and he is hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
 
He is a pupil at Canon Slade School and alongside his studies he trains on a nationally acclaimed swimming programme which involves nine swimming and two gym sessions per week.
 
Antony said: “I am so excited and very proud to be carrying the Olympic torch on behalf of everyone in my home town of Bolton. I am really looking forward to the Games especially as they are in our home country of Great Britain.
 
“My dream as a young elite swimming athlete is to represent my country at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Over the next 4 years I intend to keep working hard with my coach and keep progressing with my training and competition programmes.”

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