Olympic Flame is coming to Port Talbot

19 March 2012

THE Olympic Flame is coming to Port Talbot!

The streets the Flame will travel down on Saturday, May 26, have been confirmed along with the names of the Torchbearers who will carry it through the town.

Benji Edwards, aged 12, from Bridgend, will be carrying the Flame through the streets of Port Talbot.

The torch relay will enter the county borough in Margam at around 4pm, using the A48, and will pass through Taibach, Port Talbot town, Briton Ferry and Neath before heading towards Swansea at about 5.30pm.

The public will be able to welcome the Olympic Flame to their street, celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame in their community and share in the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will travel can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, along with proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Port Talbot.

The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame today include those who were successful through the public nomination processes run by Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games). Locog has tried to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on.

Neath Port Talbot Council leader Ali Thomas said: “I am proud and delighted to welcome the Olympic Torch to the county borough.

“This will be a wonderful event, and I encourage everyone to turn out to line the streets to cheer on the inspirational torchbearers.

“I am sure everyone involved with this event will have a traditionally warm Neath Port Talbot welcome.”

Locog chairman Sebastian Coe added: “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 Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it a moment to shine.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey round the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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