• Today the Relay will travel 149.83 miles
• 117 Torchbearers will carry the Flame
• Evening celebration to take place in York Racecourse
• Images from today can be downloaded here
The Relay will travel through the following communities: Hull, Brough, Goole, Camblesforth, Selby, Monk Fryston, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Harewood, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon and York.
Highlights for today include:
At 7.04am the first Torchbearer of the day, Erica Hughes, 72, from Pocklington, will start with the Flame at The Deep. She was selected through the Lloyds TSB campaign for the time, energy and skills that she gives to voluntary work. Last year she joined an international team of doctors and nurses to run a mobile Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in an impoverished part of Western Nepal which treated 900 patients for free.
At 12.11pm Janet Baker, 33, from Leeds, will carry the Flame into Harewood House, where she will be greeted by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, who will then spend time during the lunch stop meeting some of the Torchbearers and other invited guests.
Janet was selected through the Lloyds TSB campaign for the time and dedication that she gives to raising money for charity. She has raised over £19,000 for various different charities.
Harewood is open to visitors to view the Olympic Flame's arrival, however gates will close between 11.40am and 12.40pm. Local schools will present their work on the Olympic Games at a private event to be held on the North Front at Harewood which will be attended by the Earl and Countess of Harewood, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and local dignitaries. The gates to Harewood House open again from 12.40pm and the House is open from then to 4pm. Grounds close at 6pm. All other facilities are open at normal times for visitors within the grounds.
At 3.24pm Lewis Birkinshaw, 17, from Bradford will carry the torch at Fountains Abbey, Ripon. Lewis is Bradford Academy’s current Citizen of the Year. Lewis is a learner who has successfully managed to pull off the hardest trick in the book. He is highly successful in both academic and sporting worlds; he is both a geek and jock. Lewis is consistently a positive role model.
At 5.57pm the Flame will be carried along the York Walls by Philip Jones, 60, from York and Scott Stockdale, 16, from Harrogate.
Philip was selected through the Coca-Cola campaign for the time and dedication that he gives to his role as a coach at Wills Rowing Club in York.
Scott was nominated for his work as a Gold Young Ambassador in Harrogate.
At 6.16pm Luke Young, 34, from Dishforth, will carry the Flame along The Shambles. Luke was selected through the Coca-Cola campaign for cycling from London to Paris to raise money for charity.
At 6.50pm the last Torchbearer of the day will be Harvey Smith who will carry the Flame into the Evening Celebration at York Racecourse on Paddy, a novice show jumping horse. Harvey is a former British Show Jumping Champion who competed in two Olympic Games, including the 1972 Munich Games where he finished fourth in the individual show jumping event. In 1989 he was honoured for being the first man to have jumped in 100 World Cup Qualifying Rounds.
The evening celebration will take place at York Racecourse.
The evening celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - with support from City of York Council. The show will start at 5pm.
The line-up includes music from Katy B, the sensational singer-songwriter and Mercury Prize nominee, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. There will also be entertainment from local African drumming groups Umbu and Calabash and the sensational gospel sounds of the University of York’s choir Zamar.
Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day in York – Harvey Smith - will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.
Other Torchbearer highlights include:
Danielle Bailey, 29, from Otley and carrying the Flame in Knaresborough. Selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme, Danielle contracted meningitis at the age of four which resulted in both her legs being amputated above the knee as well as both her hands. In 2010 Danielle started swimming and has since gone on to join Harrogate's swimming squad and now regularly competes in the National Gala in Sheffield. Danielle is extremely committed to and passionate about her swimming and wants to prove that being disabled doesn't stop you from achieving your ambitions and has set her sights firmly on one day competing in the Paralympic Games.
George Stocker, 13 from Fairfield, nominated through Lloyds TSB's public nomination campaign was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2008. George, who is from Wetherby and is carrying the Flame in Wetherby, underwent 48 weeks of gruelling chemotherapy and since then, on his own road to recovery he has raised £50,000 for Candlelighters to help other children he believes are 'more poorly' than himself.
Clive Warley, 74, who is from York and is carrying the Flame in York. Clive was nominated by City of York Council through the Locog campaign. Clive was born with spina bifida complications but throughout his life he has dedicated his work to public service through both his union activity and his support of Paralympic and special Olympic sports at local regional and national level.
David Niblock, 30, from Bradford and carrying the Flame in Knaresborough. David is the youth pastor at our churh where he has initiated and set up opportunities for youth in the inner city of Bradford. Over 200 youths aged 11-30 come to the church each Friday evening. They enjoy games, listening to bands, worship and teaching. This encourages them to realise their dreams and equips them for now and their futures. Bradford is known for its riots and poverty stricken estates but as youth pastor, Dave goes into these estates with his team and has painted and tidied gardens.
Deniz Yilmaz Atakay, 39, was nominated through the Samsung campaign. Deniz’s baby was diagnosed with PKU illnesses which means protein contained foods are forbidden throughout their lifetime as they can cause mental deficiencies. When this happened she educated herself about the disease and then set out to save other babies. Following extensive research on the illness, she founded the first NGO in Turkey about PKU. She also authored a book about PKU and became a member of European PKU Association.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: “Today, two more Coca-Cola Future Flames will help us celebrate the thirty-second day of our amazing journey, when Harvey Jackson and Richard Mason carry the Olympic Flame in Brough and Monk Fryston. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Katy B to the stage in York.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are looking forward to the Olympic Torch Relay travelling through Yorkshire and bringing the excitement of London 2012 to every community along the way. Lloyds TSB is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Relay passes their front doors. We’re calling on everyone to cheer their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like George Stocker, running in Wetherby and the Torchbearer school team from Harrogate School, running in Harrogate. Our troupe of performers, the Flame Followers, are lighting up the celebrations along the route ahead of the Relay before their Flame Followers Spectacular in York tonight.”
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: “Samsung is delighted to be a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay as it has given us the perfect opportunity to encourage everyone from all around the world to be involved in the Olympic Games.”
Last November LOCOG launched a grassroots programme inviting the nations Local Leaders to step forward and start planning local celebrations to celebrate the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today there are over 14,000 London2012 Local Leaders across the country planning community events to Line the Streets for the Olympic Torch Relay.
In Yorkshire, 565 people have signed up as Local Leaders, like Ron England from Thorpe Willoughby, Humberside. Ron is organising for Thorpe Willoughby Primary to Line the Route of the Relay in Selby with staff, pupils and parents wearing fancy dress in national colours when the Torch passes through the town. For more information on Local Leaders, getting tools to help you bring together your family, friends or community celebrate moments such as the Opening Ceremony, Super Saturday, the Paralympic Torch Relay and the Last Night of the Games, visit www.london2012.com/localleaders.
For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 100 or visit the website at www.london2012.com. Find out the latest from London 2012 HQ on our blog http://blog.london2012.com or follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/london2012
Notes to editors:
Each day two short packages of broadcast footage will be made available. The packages will be available via the Footage library – accessible from the Media Centre on london2012.com and direct from this link http://footagelibrary.london2012.com. Media will need to register for access in advance. Registration is free.
The broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay is provided for Editorial Use Only. There can be no commercial association, no third party association and no commercial/ad superimposition on the video footage, unless the prior written consent of the IOC is acquired.
About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:
As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/olympic-games
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors.
Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Lloyds TSB stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes at each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Lloyds TSB site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Lloyds TSB Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers. To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Lloyds TSB (in your community please visit www.lloydstsb.com/london2012
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012
The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.
The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region. Full details of the coverage will be at bbc.co.uk/2012.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.
There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield
• Today the Relay will travel 149.83 miles