Olympic flame on the way to Fleetwood

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame.

THE Olympic flame is coming to Fleetwood and Cleveleys next year, it has been confirmed.

Wyre Council says parts of the borough are included in the procession of the torch in the run up to the London Olympics, beginning on July 27 next year.

Torchbearers will carry the famous flame through Garstang, St Michael’s on Wyre, Fleetwood and Cleveleys on Friday June 22 next year, enabling local people to share in the excitement at these locations.

They are four of more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic flame will be carried during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Olympic flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers, each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community.

Councillor Peter Gibson, Leader of Wyre Council said “We are delighted to welcome the Olympic Flame to Wyre and the fact that the torch will pass through four of our towns and villages means that people across the borough will get the chance to see the relay and share in the celebrations.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the people and places of Wyre and come together to mark the countdown to the start of the Games.”