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Olympian task to find flame bearers for the Games torch

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: June 17, 2011

David Beckham and Lord Sebastian Coe revealed the Olympic torch’s UK relay route.

David Beckham and Lord Sebastian Coe revealed the Olympic torch’s UK relay route.

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Nicki Robinson

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity could see a proud Tamworth resident help the Olympic flame make its way across the country.

This week the venues, dates and overnight stops were revealed for the 70-day UK torch relay.

Birmingham and Stoke are plotted on the journey – meaning the likelihood of the Olympic torch coming to Tamworth is greater than ever before. The full route will be announced in November.

In the meantime, inspirational torchbearers are being sough to help transport the iconic flame along the route. And Tamworth residents are being urged to put family members, friends and colleagues who they think are deserving of the honour.

"This is the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK since the Euro 96 – and Tamworth residents have the chance to be part of it," explained Cllr DannyCook, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council.

"This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity would help put Tamworth on the Olympic map. We have so many people across the borough that works tirelessly on behalf of others; make a real difference in their community and young people who are an inspiration to others, so why not nominate someone to be part of the torch relay?"

Tamworth Borough Council put a bid in last year to host the Olympic torch and Tamworth's MP Christopher Pincher is lobbying Parliament to help make this a reality.

More than 8,000 people in the UK will get a chance to take the torch on its journey across Britain. And the borough council is encouraging residents to nominate local unsung heroes to take part. Starting at Lands End next May, the relay will finish in London on July 26 – the day before the opening ceremony of London 2012.

Nominations being sought include sporting champions and people who have made a real difference in their community or in someone else's life. People chosen to carry the torch will take it for 300 metres of the relay. The closing date is June 29 and entrants must be 12 years or over.

For details on how to apply visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.

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