THE route the Olympic Flame will take on its historic journey through Sunderland is today revealed.
The spotlight will shine on some of Wearside’s most scenic spots as the iconic torch is carried high through Sunderland on its way to the London 2012 Games.
On June 16, day 29 of its 70-day relay around the UK, the flame will make its way into the city via Whitburn, before heading along the coast at Seaburn, through the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, along Fawcett Street and on to Chester Road.
It will then head through a special Sunderland in 2012 celebration event at Herrington Country Park, before leaving past Penshaw Monument.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced the route today.
Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson, pictured with Coun Harry Trueman and a map of the route, said: “It is fantastic that residents can now see exactly where the flame will travel through Sunderland.
“The announcement today really brings the route to life.
“The Olympic Flame is coming to Sunderland – how many times will that happen?
“It really is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I know that the people of Sunderland will embrace the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame and witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay.
“The excitement is really starting to build now and I’m sure people will line the streets to join in this huge celebration, and to cheer on the inspirational Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame through Sunderland.
“The spotlight will be on Sunderland and the world will get a glimpse of some of the city’s finest landmarks, including our fabulous coastline, the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and Penshaw Monument.”
Residents can find out exactly where the flame will be, by visiting the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay website: www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.
It includes street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Sunderland.
The torchbearers include those who were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the presenting partners Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
Each torch bearer will wear a white and gold uniform designed by Adidas.
LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe said: “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 torch bearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Sunderland’s moment to shine.”
To celebrate, Sunderland City Council is planning a day-long event at Herrington Country Park on June 16.
It will include live music, entertainment, a world record attempt and sport and physical activity demonstrations and taster sessions.
For details visit www.sunderlandin2012.co.uk, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561 4659