07 November 2011>
Caerphilly County Borough Council is delighted to announce that Caerphilly has been selected as a host location for the Olympic Flame Relay on its journey to London!
The torch will travel through Caerphilly on Saturday 26th May 2012 - residents from across Caerphilly county borough will have a fantastic opportunity to come along and welcome the Olympic Flame, share in the excitement the relay will bring and celebrate the achievements of the Olympic torchbearers.
Cllr Allan Pritchard, Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council said, "I am thrilled that Caerphilly has been selected as a host location for the Olympic Flame Relay on its journey to London".
He continued, "I am sure our residents will be fully involved, and will line the streets in their thousands, joining in the celebrations and sharing in the Olympic spirit when the torch makes its journey through Caerphilly in May".
Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said, "We are thrilled to confirm that Caerphilly will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame".
He continued, "This is the UK's moment to shine, and I want to encourage people from right across Caerphilly county borough to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games".
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspiration torchbearers, each of whom have a personal achievement or contribution to the local community.
One of these people is Caerphilly's very own Anthony Palmer, who won an award for Community Coach of the Year in 2010.
Caerphilly is also playing a key role in the arts-focussed Cultural Olympiad in the run up to London 2012.
Huw Lewis, Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister, said, "It's great to see Caerphilly Castle playing an important role as a beacon for Wales in the run up to London 2012. The Castle is also one of eight iconic sites helping to support community cultural and heritage initiatives across Wales through Cauldrons and Furnaces. This exciting Cadw and Arts Council of Wales initiative forms part of the Cultural Olympiad, a four-year, UK-wide programme of cultural events designed to mirror the celebrations leading up to London 2012. The project is part funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity whose role it is to promote long lasting and wide ranging benefits from the Olympic Games".
An interactive map of the Olympic Flame's journey across the UK can be found at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap
Further information on the exact route the Olympic Flame will take through Caerphilly on Saturday 26th May 2012 will be available on this website as the information becomes available.
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