Olympic torch route announced 

The Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville were 'born' in Bolton.

An outline of the route the Olympic torch relay will take in Bolton has been revealed.

The Olympic flame is coming to Bolton as part of its 70-day journey around the UK for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The flame will travel from Greece and arrive in the UK on May 18, visiting a number of destinations before arriving in Bolton on Thursday, May 31. 

Torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame through the township of Westhoughton, the Deane area and through Bolton town centre to Queens Park, and out on June 1 from the town centre via Horwich.

The town will also host a celebration in Queens Park in the evening for all the community.

Details about the timing of the event, how many people will be able to attend, who will be performing and how people can attend are being finalised. 

More detailed information about the torch relay route and the evening event will be available closer to the time.

Bolton is one of around 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic flame will be carried by torchbearers.

The flame, representing peace, unity and friendship will carried by a total of 8,000 inspirational torchbearers.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from Bolton Council and partners to devise the route.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “Witnessing the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our residents. It gives the community a chance to really share in the Olympic spirit and mark the countdown to the start of the Games.

“I know our residents will come out to welcome the flame and support members of the community who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.”

Chair of LOCOG, Sebastian Coe, added: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that Bolton will act as a host location for the Olympic flame, extending an invitation to people in the town to welcome the Olympic torch relay during its journey around the UK. 

“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Bolton 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.”

On the final day of the relay, it is LOCOG’s intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement or made some contribution to the local community.

Successful nominees will be contacted in December with a conditional offer and final torchbearer places will be confirmed from February onwards.

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