Olympic Torch to pass through area

THE ICONIC Olympic Torch will make its way through the Express area next year.

The torch will be driven through the area by a convoy carrying it from Ackworth to Lundwood on Monday, June 25, as part of its 8,000 mile journey around the UK.

The area is among more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to be part of the route.

Athletic fundraiser Michael Cordall, of Union Street, Hemsworth, is in the running to be one of the 8,000 torchbearers.

He said: “It would be an absolute honour to be able to be part of such an incredible event. It would be a dream come true.”

He will find out if he is one of the chosen runners at the beginning of next month.

The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel around the UK.

On the final day of the Olympic Torch 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 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

More than 95 per cent of the population will be within ten miles of the Olympic Flame next summer.

The street-by-street detail of the route will be confirmed next year and an interactive map can be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap.