Nominations for Olympic torchbearers wanted

DERBYSHIRE County Council Leader Andrew Lewer has welcomed news that the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is coming to Derbyshire – and is urging people to nominate local torchbearers.

Councillor Lewer said: “This is really exciting news. The spotlight will be firmly on Derbyshire in the build up to the Olympics next summer.

“In a little over a year’s time, the iconic Olympic flame could be passing down your street – with the whole world watching.

“I would urge local people to put forward any friends, family, neighbours or community volunteers who they believe deserve the honour of carrying the Olympic flame through our county.”

Derby has been confirmed as one of the locations where the torch relay will stop for an evening celebration event on Friday 29 June 2012, along with Manchester (June 23), Leicester (July 2), Sheffield (June 25) and Nottingham (June 28).

The Olympic flame will start at Land’s End and be carried for 70 days by torchbearers on its way to the opening ceremony in London.

The search is now on for 2,000 torchbearers who will each carry the Olympic flame for about a mile. Nominations close on June 29.

Olympics organisers are looking for ‘ordinary people who do extraordinary things’. Anyone aged 12 or over can be nominated to carry the torch.

Exact details of the daytime stops and the route the flame will take through Derbyshire to reach the evening events will not be announced until the autumn. Many thousands of people are expected to line the route to celebrate each day.

Cllr Lewer added: “The torch relay through the county will be a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our strong community spirit and to show the world what Derbyshire has to offer.”

To nominate someone to carry the Olympic torch visit www.london2012.com.