Route announced for Swansea's Olympic Flame visit
DETAILS have been released about the route the Olympic Flame will take in Swansea when it arrives in the city.
The Flame will arrive in Swansea in the late afternoon of Saturday May 26.
Torchbearers will start carrying the Flame at Langdon Road at about 5.45pm before it travels over the iconic Sail Bridge and onto Princess Way and Castle Square for about 6pm.
The Flame will then travel up Princess Way and will take a left along the Kingsway, St Helen's Road and Mumbles Road before reaching Sketty Lane and finally Singleton Park.
An Evening Celebration Event will be held on a big stage at the park from 5pm to 7.30pm that will feature a selection of music, dance and sports activities. Tickets will be free and further details about the event and where tickets will be made available will soon be announced.
The Flame will restart its journey on Sunday May 27 from Bracelet Bay at about 6.55am before making its way through Mumbles and up Newton Road to Oystermouth Castle.
The Flame will return from the Castle and will then travel along Mumbles Road, Sketty Lane and Vivian Road on the way to Cockett Road before finally making its way to Carmarthenshire.
Torchbearers for the Swansea leg of the journey will shortly be announced. They will have been successful through the public nomination processes run by London Organisers of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and the Presenting Partners: Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Each Torchbearer will wear a special uniform that's been designed by adidas.
The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19 before travelling an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.
This means LOCOG will realise the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the UK's population.
Cllr Graham Thomas, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said: "The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the biggest sporting events in the world.
"The announcement of the route really brings the Torch Relay to life and this will give Swansea people the chance to line our streets and get involved in a magnificent and memorable occasion.
"We're looking forward to welcoming the inspirational Torchbearers into our communities."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "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 they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Swansea's moment to shine."
The Flame will end up at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.
Have a look at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay to see details of all streets along the route.
Swansea Council has also launched a campaign called Be Part of It that's encouraging people to make the most of the London Games by organising Olympic-themed events to celebrate sport and exercise.
Have a look at http://www.swansea.gov.uk/bepartofit for more information.
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