Where will you watch the Olympic Flame on its journey through Wyre?
That's the burning question buzzing around the borough today (Monday) after specific details of the route were revealed for the first time.
On 22 June the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Wyre as part of an epic 70-day tour of the country. Far from being a flying visit, the flame will spend more than three hours here, being carried through four of our towns and villages, even taking a tram ride.
In order to make the relay as memorable as possible, Wyre Council is now urging everyone to put the date in their diaries and line the route in droves to ensure the flame and the specially chosen torchbearers are given the warmest of Wyre welcomes.
The list of streets and proposed start times can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. Torchbearers confirmed today to carry the flame through Wyre include those who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and presenting partners Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community torchbearers within an hour of their address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by adidas.
On the day itself, an impressive convoy of vehicles will veer off the A6 at Garstang having travelled from Kendal and Lancaster. From here the flame will be handed to the first of the torchbearers who have the honour of carrying it along the following routes:
- Garstang (2.25pm): Lancaster Road, High Street, Church Street, Kepple Lane
- St Michaels (2.55pm): A586 throughout the entire 30mph zone
- Fleetwood (3.30pm): Dock Street from Asda roundabout, Queens Terrace, The Esplanade, Laidleys Walk, Beach Road and Broadway to Rossall School where it will be taken on board a tram
- Cleveleys (5.05pm): From West Drive tram stop along Rossall Road, Victoria Road West, South Promenade and Anchorsholme Lane where it will continue to Blackpool for an evening celebration.
Councillor Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council, said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and we're sure the residents of Wyre will want to be a part of it. With the relay being beamed live globally, the eyes of the world really will be on Wyre. We can showcase a lot of what we have to offer as the relay passes by, including the new Marine Gardens in Fleetwood, which will be completed in time.
"But more than that we can demonstrate a real sense of community spirit, so I'd urge everyone to line the streets, wave flags, make banners, organise a special event, anything that helps us show how proud we are to host such a special event."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: "Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. 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 and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Wyre's moment to shine."
A number of schools and organisations have already expressed an interest in getting involved. Garstang Community Primary School, for example intends to take as many pupils as possible to watch.
Headteacher Stephanie Reeves, said: "We're very excited about the Olympic Torch Relay coming to Garstang and will be fully supporting the event. We're hoping to organise a special themed day for the children to celebrate the torch coming through the town."
Larkholme Primary School in Fleetwood is one of the lucky schools en route. Headteacher Val Pilkington-Smith said: "We're very excited about the Olympic Torch Relay coming to Fleetwood and looking forward to seeing the spectacle on the day. We're also organising a special Olympic event for Sports Week."