The roads and streets of Bolsover and Glapwell are set to become ablaze with colour and activity as the Olympic Torch relay passes along them on its way to London on Friday 29th June 2012.
The torch will arrive at the Glapwell Town sign on Mansfield Road, Glapwell, at 11.33am and will be carried by specially selected Torchbearers up Glapwell Hill, before turning left onto Bolsover Road to Glapwell Nurseries. The torch will then be transported in convoy mode to Hillstown.
It will then be carried again by Torchbearers from Hillstown Business Centre on Mansfield Road at 11:52am onto Langwith Road, passing Hornscroft Recreation Park, through Bolsover town centre and down Station Road, leaving Bolsover at 12:19pm and heading onto its next destination.
Bolsover District Council is inviting residents, schools, community and voluntary groups to welcome the torch to the District and join in the fun by lining the streets the torch passes along and share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.
The Olympic Torch will be carried by a number of inspirational torchbearers whilst in Bolsover District, one of which is Kaylet Smedley.
Local woman Kaylet has been the chairperson of the Derbyshire branch of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Fund since 1965, following the death of her eight-year old son. Under Kaylet’s leadership the Derbyshire branch has raised over £1,000,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “We have all be waiting for this announcement and now it is here, it brings home that the Olympic Torch is actually coming to Glapwell and Bolsover. This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity and we intend to make the most of it. We want it to be special, an occasion that will be remembered for years to come and we want as many people as possible to come and cheer and wave the torch along the route and support the torchbearers – we can’t wait.”
Once the Flame has passed through the District, Bolsover District Council is working with LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the Relay – Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – to host a celebration event. The event will be staged in Bolsover Town Centre and at Bolsover castle from 2pm until 7pm with a wide range of sporting activities, demonstrations, parades and workshops and in the event will climax with a music concert in Bolsover Castle from 7.30pm. More information and details on this event will be released over the next few months.
Councillor Syrett added, “We want to mark this occasion with a special event, an event that will provide something for everyone to come along to, enjoy and participate in and make them feel part of the Olympics. The final details for the event are still being finalised, but it promises to be a wonderful occasion and one that is not to be missed.”
The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay - gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Bolsover District, allowing local residents the chance to find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town or past their local village shop.
The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame through Bolsover District today include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG 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 Bolsover District Council’s moment to shine.”