• On Sunday 22 July the Relay will travel 32.37 miles
• 163 Torchbearers, including Lennox Lewis, will carry the Flame
• Evening celebration to take place at Danson Park, Bexley
• Images from today can be downloaded here
Highlights for tomorrow include:
06.35am – EDF Energy London Eye: In a special photo opportunity to start the day Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 17, from Surrey, who at the age of 16 became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole will hold the Flame on top of a capsule on the London Eye.
London Borough of Redbridge
7.19am – Redbridge Cycling Centre: The first Torchbearer of the day Luke Benjafield, 20, from South Woodford will carry the Flame at the centre through a corridor of cyclists from local clubs. Luke was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for his dedication to the Air Training Corps 241 Squadron where he has inspired and motivated many cadets to succeed in their flight training.
The centre is already enjoying a London 2012 Games legacy in the form of this brand new £4.5 million state of the art cycling centre built by the London Development Agency. The Cycling Centre is also used as a Games-time training venue.
7.42am – Fairlop Lake sailing boat: A Torchbearer will carry the Flame across Fairlop Lake in a boat accompanied by London Youth Games sailors.
8.41am – Valentines Mansion: David Backhouse, 66, from Ilford will carry the Flame into the grounds of the mansion and will pause in front of the entrance to the building for a photo opportunity. David was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for his work as a Governor of Mayfield School over the last twenty four years. David is also a volunteer for Barnardo’s.
9.26am - Redbridge Town Hall: Luke Williams, 46, from Wanstead will carry the Flame to in front of the Town Hall where he will hand it on to Elise Cobain, 25, from Redbridge.
Luke was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign for his dedication to Central Foundation Girls' School. As Head of Media he inspires and motivates success in his students through an innovative programme of shows, exhibitions and awards often involving the local community.
Elise was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for her work with Roundhouse - a charity designed to provide creative and vocational opportunities to young people. She has volunteered in a range of capacities and ensures that young people are represented and have a voice at all levels of the organisation. She has achieved this through her work on Roundhouse Radio, her presence on the Youth Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
9.57am - Barking Park, Miniature Railway: Paul Freedman, 87, from Hornchurch who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign will carry the Flame on the light rail in honour of his extensive charity fundraising for which he received an MBE in 2006.
10.30am - Mayesbrook Park Training Centre: Chelsey Grote, 12, from Dagenham will carry the Flame around the Athletics Track at the Mayesbrook Park Training Centre which is a dedicated Training Centre for competitors in the 2012 Games. Mayesbrook hosts training for Athletics (throwing and jumping disciplines) at its outdoor facilities and Handball on its indoor courts. Chelsey was selected through the Get Set programme for being a role model at her school.
11.45am – Dagenham Town Show, Central Park: Members of local street dance troupe Diversity who have helped inspire a generation to get active since winning the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, will carry the Flame onto the stage.
London Borough of Havering
1.37pm - Romford Market Place: Aimee Sell, 17, from Hornchurch will carry the Flame for a lap around the Market Place. She will hand the Flame on to Caitlin Hewson, 12, from Aveley by the large Union Jack flag. Caitlin will then hand the Flame to on Mo Morris, 57 from Leytonstone who will carry the Flame out of the Market Place and through the shopping area.
Aimee was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for her dedication to her sport of karate despite losing her sight at 8 years of age. Aimee was graded 1st Dan Black belt at 12 years of age and is now one of the most prolific Karate competitors. Aimee became the 1st English female to reach a European Kata final for England in over 25 years and only the second ever female to do so since the mid 80`s. Her devotion and commitment for the sport is truly inspirational proving that anyone with desire, drive and dedication can overcome any obstacle to achieve their dream.
Caitlin was nominated through the Get Set Schools Programme and is an excellent sportswoman who has been selected for the U13 Essex Cricket squad. She has had to persevere and overcome some difficulties owing to severe allergies and intolerances.
Mo is a Judo Olympian who competed in Montreal 1976. These days Mo runs a community Soccer Academy in East London and coaches over 160 children a week between the ages of 7-18. He has worked tirelessly over the last 15 years creating a network of football coaches, turning around the lives of young people, many of whom would have few chances in life if not for his intervention.
2.22pm - Queen's Theatre: celebrated concert pianist Lang Lang, 30, will carry the Flame on to a stage outside Queen’s Theatre. Lang has performed with leading orchestras in Europe, the United States and his native China. Lang has done much to encourage children and young musicians to take an interest in classical music, especially through the international foundation he launched in New York in 2008.
3.29pm – Aaron Reynolds, 18, from Sidcup will carry the Flame across the River Thames in a London Fire Brigade Fireboat accompanied by a flotilla of smaller craft. Nominated by Bexley Council Aaron was presented with the prestigious Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Thames Valley Young Sailor of the Year Award in recognition his outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing. He has been sailing since he was 4 years old and is a member of Erith Yacht Club. He races on the 29er circuit all over the country and has both a powerboat instructors and advanced dingy instructors certificates. He is a very active volunteer instructor who is always enthusiastic to introduce new people to the sport, providing confidence and reassurance to young people learning to sail.
London Borough of Bexley
6.00pm – Hall Place: Christine Gosden, 38, from Sidcup will carry the Flame for a photo opportunity outside the Great Hall in recognition of her volunteering for Girlguiding UK. Christine is an inspiration to the young people in her community and encourages them to aim high and achieve their potential.
6.50pm – Danson Park: Final Torchbearer of the day Lennox Lewis will carry the Olympic Flame on to the stage to light the celebration cauldron. Lennox was born in Stratford, trained in Bexley and went on to become world heavyweight boxing champion, the first Englishman to achieve the title since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897.
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 the London Borough of Bexley.
The evening celebration will take place in Danson Park in Bexley.
The line-up includes music from Brighton’s very own Rizzle Kicks, also 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 performances from local acts - rising stars from BexFactor - the borough's music development project - who have written and arranged a special piece of celebratory music called 'Life's what you make it' and community choirs who have worked together through the 'Sing Up Bexley' project will close the celebration with anthemic songs.
Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day - Lennox Lewis - will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.
Dilip Roy, 70, from Newham will carry the Flame in Barking and Dagenham. Dilip was nominated through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign for his fundraising efforts that paid to build a permanent temple in the Olympic borough of Tower Hamlets. The temple will be first of its type for Bengali Hindu's in the UK and will allow the group to continue their tradition of festivals, which attract people from all over Britain.
Joseph Kelly, 14, from Greenwich will carry the Flame in Barking and Dagenham. Joseph was selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme, despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour at just 13 years old, Joseph remains incredibly brave and positive. Before falling ill, Joseph enjoyed playing all types of sport, with his favourite being football. Unfortunately he was forced to stop his sporting activities to undergo treatment, however during his recovery he found joy in a new kind of sport for him – golf and now plays as much as his illness will allow. Joseph dreams of becoming a pro golfer in the future and would like to inspire others with his story.
Ben Hunt-Davies will carry the Flame in Havering. Ben has dedicated his life to the Olympic Movement. After competing in 3 Olympic Games, and winning a Rowing Gold Olympic medal in the Sydney 2000 Games, Ben went on to volunteer at the Beijing Games. In addition to all this Ben has also given up his free time to volunteer and inspire young people by being an ambassador to the London 2012 bid, to the Amateur Rowing Association, to Project Oarsome and to the Sport Makers programme.
Norman French, 74, from Brentwood will carry the Flame in Havering. Nominated through the LOCOG campaign for founding Romford-based Byron Red Star FC in 1968 and winning the BBC London Unsung Hero sport award in 2011 for his dedication to football in the capital.
Wendell Raphael, 40, from Streatham will carry the Flame in Havering. Wendell - aka Raph ‘Minus 1 Kidney’ was nominated to be a Torchbearer by ACLT (African-Caribbean Leukemia Trust) due to his passion as a kidney donor who shares his lifesaving message to raise public awareness and confidence about organ, blood and bone marrow donation.
James Xu, 24, is set to carry the Flame in Bexley. Selected through Samsung programme, James was the winner of British Council’s ‘UK International Student of the Year 2011’ and Vinspired’s ‘London Spirit Award’ for his commitment to encouraging others to volunteer.
Len Arnold, 57, from Bexley will carry the Flame in Bexley. 18 years ago Len, and his wife Yvonne, set up their gymnastics club in an old industrial building. It was a disused bare shell with no lighting or heating, but they transformed it, carving out gymnastic landing pits from the concrete floor and installing a sprung competition floor. When the club faced a financial crisis they sold their home and moved into the gym to keep the club going. Without Len and Yvonne's determination, thousands of kids would have missed out on gymnastics. Len was nominated through the LOCOG campaign as they are both truly inspirational individuals and have put their entire lives into keeping the club going.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: ‘Today, with just five days to go, more Coca-Cola Future Flames will help us celebrate the sixty-fifth day of our amazing journey, including Joseph Kelly and Connor Seager who carry the Olympic Flame in Barking and Dagenham and Havering. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Rizzle Kicks to the stage in Bexley.’
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds TSB, said: ‘With only five days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, we are looking forward to the Olympic Torch Relay continuing its journey around the 33 London boroughs 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 door. We’re calling on everyone to cheer their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like Dilip Roy, carrying the Flame in Barking and Dagenham. 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 Danson Park in Bexley tonight.’
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: ‘Samsung's Olympic Torch Relay campaign shares the Olympic spirit and encourages everyone to take part in London 2012. Samsung has offered an inspiring opportunity to people around the world to carry the Olympic Flame, as part of our ambition to make London 2012 Everyone's Olympic Games.’
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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 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.
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.
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