8,000 inspirational people needed to carry the Olympic Flame

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The search has begun to find 8,000 inspirational people to carry the Olympic Flame on its journey around the UK next year.

With less than one year to go until the Flame arrives in the UK, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has launched the 'moment to shine' public nomination campaign, which will see 2,012 Torchbearer places on offer.

Through the campaign, members of the public can nominate someone living in the UK who has inspired them. Nominations can be made through the Olympic Torch Relay website.

From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land's End on 19 May 2012, an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Flame during its 70-day journey towards the Olympic Stadium in London.

Torch Relay route

Details of the route have also been announced. It will see the Olympic Flame come within a one hour journey time of 95 per cent of the population.The majority of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners: Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: "Carrying the Olympic Flame is an incredible honour and from today people have the opportunity to reward someone inspirational by nominating them to be part of this historic event. This is a great occasion to give someone you know, who has made a difference and who deserves recognition, their moment to shine."

Deadline for nominations

The deadline for making nominations is 11.59 pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

Further information

Torch Relay nominations opens new window
The route of the Olympic Flame

Source: Directgov, Public services all in one place

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