Scotland's moment to shine as Olympic Torch Relay route announced

LOCOG announce dates for London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route

First Scotland locations on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route announced.

• 8 Scottish locations on the Olympic Flame’s journey revealed

• Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh  to welcome Olympic Flame at evening celebration event

• Orkney, Shetland and Isle of Lewis confirmed as locations of island visits

• Search for 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers from  across the UK begins today at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay

Marking a year to the day that the Olympic Flame arrives into the UK, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today reveals the dates and locations for the evening celebration events and island visits taking place across Scotland as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

First confirmed Scotland dates and locations are:

Glasgow – Fri 8 June 2012

Inverness – Sat 9 June 2012

Orkney – Sun 10 June 2012

Shetland – Sun 10 June 2012

Isle of Lewis – Mon 11 June 2012

Aberdeen – Mon 11 June 2012

Dundee – Tue 12 June 2012

Edinburgh – Wed 13 June 2012

Click here for a map showing the first confirmed Scotland locations.

A second, more detailed route announcement to be made later this year will provide information on the other cities, towns, villages and places of outstanding natural beauty, sports venues and community hubs the Olympic Flame will visit on each day of the Torch Relay in Scotland.

Today LOCOG also launches the search for 8,000 Torchbearers to carry the Olympic Flame across the UK with the start of the LOCOG Moment to Shine public nomination campaign.

Together with the three Presenting Partners of the Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung, LOCOG is inviting members of the public from across Scotland to nominate inspirational people, give them their ‘moment to shine’ and have their story celebrated in the run up to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Torch Relay provides unique opportunitiess for communities in all areas of Scotland to be part of London 2012 through the Torchbearer process and evening celebrations. The Torch Relay will showcase Scotland’s fantastic built and natural environments its warm and welcoming people and its creativity

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Scotland and we are thrilled to announce the first 8 Scotland stops today that range from larger evening celebrations to exciting island visits.

‘I hope people right across Scotland start to think about rewarding someone truly inspirational and give someone they know who has gone beyond their personal best, their moment to shine.’

First Minister Alex Salmond said: ‘The Scottish leg of the Olympic Torch relay will highlight the best of our country - our iconic landscapes, vibrant culture and, most of all, our warm and welcoming people – to the rest of the world.  It is an exciting milestone on the road to London 2012 and beyond to our own Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow in 2014. 

‘As well as inspiring Scots to get more active and live healthier lifestyles, it is an ideal opportunity to get involved in your community and I would urge everyone across Scotland to nominate potential torchbearers and become part of this special event.’

From the start point of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay at Land’s End, an average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame during its 70 day journey towards the Olympic Stadium in London. 

Running for six weeks from today, the LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will see nominations judged by local panels set up in each Nation and Region of the UK.

Go to www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay to make your nomination. The deadline for making nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 June 2011.

Young people in particular from across Scotland are encouraged to get involved, with half of the total number of Torchbearer places expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age who are considered leading lights in their local communities.

90% of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels, including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners - Coca-Cola, Bank of Scotland and Samsung. The Presenting Partner campaigns will start in June 2011.  Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of achievement and or contribution to their local community. 

Click here to download the Moment to Shine Torchbearer nomination factfile.

LOCOG today also announces the following Supporting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay: Worldwide Olympic Partner Visa, Tier One Partners BMW, BT and EDF Energy, Tier Three Providers Aggreko and Holiday Inn. More details of their involvement in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be released over the coming year.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay by numbers:

• 8,000 inspiring Torchbearers will have an opportunity to take centre stage; each with a story of personal achievement or contribution to their local community

• 8,000 miles is the estimated total distance the Olympic Flame will travel across the UK either in Relay or convoy (driving mode)

• 2,012 Torchbearers to be found through the LOCOG Moment to Shine public nomination campaign that starts today

• 300 metres (0.2 miles) is the average distance each Torchbearer will carry the Olympic Flame

• A 150 word story is required for nomination applications

• 110 Torchbearers (on average) to take part in the Olympic Torch Relay each day

• 110 miles is the estimated average distance travelled by the Olympic Flame each day

• It is the aim that 95% of the UK population will be within a one hour journey of the Olympic Flame when the final route is announced later this year

• 90% of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the public through a number of channels, including the four public nomination campaigns to be run by LOCOG, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB/Bank of Scotland and Samsung. Each of the 8,000 Torchbearers will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to their local community.

• 66 evening celebration towns and cities are confirmed today

• 70 days is the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

• 50% of the Torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24

• 6 island visits are confirmed today

• 1 start location: Land’s End

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