This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to join together lining the streets in celebration and welcoming the Olympic Flame to this part of London.
They can not only share in the excitement of the Relay itself but also celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers, as they carry the Olympic Flame through the borough, passing well-known landmarks which will be announced closer to the event, along with the exact street route and times.
Barking and Dagenham is one of over 1,000 villages, towns, cities and London Boroughs announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Barking and Dagenham to devise the route which will travel through each of the 33 London Boroughs as part of its journey.
The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Liam Smith, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people; to see the Olympic Flame carried along the streets of Barking and Dagenham is something to make all of us proud as we play our part in this legendary sporting event which has world-wide attention.
“Our borough has a strong sporting heritage, and becoming a Host borough has allowed us to work with our partners and residents to build a permanent sporting legacy, helping to encourage investment in the area and create job opportunities. The Olympic Torch Relay now also allows us to stand together as a community to share in the Olympic spirit and celebrate the achievement of those local people chosen to be Torchbearers.
“This is great news for Barking and Dagenham, and a great countdown to the start of the Games, which is only five days after the Olympic Flame visits the borough”.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that Barking and Dagenham will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame on Sunday 22 July 2012, extending an invitation to people across the Borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.
"This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Barking and Dagenham to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
In announcing the villages, towns, cities and every London Borough, LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
People are invited to view the interactive map to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.
On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG’s intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.
Today LOCOG launches two new public participation programmes. The ‘Local Leaders’ initiative is an invitation to people to take the 2012 Games into their community and create their own celebrations next year, for the Olympic Torch Relay and other key moments during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
People are encouraged to sign up to the Local Leader programme to receive further information on a range of themed celebration ideas focusing on the Opening Ceremony evening, gardening, quizzes and barbecues and be in the front row to receive free London 2012 event materials to support events.
Also launched today is the ‘Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay’ education resource, available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012’s official education programme.
The aim of the resource is to provide schools with cross-curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3 to 16 year olds to aid learning around history of Olympic Torch Relays, the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the Torch itself.
A further education resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic Flame and show support for the Torchbearers.
Lloyds TSB, official Education Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, have launched their Flame Followers schools programme which compliments the Get Set resources, and gives schools once-in-a-lifetime opportunities be right at the heart of the excitement and celebrations of the Relay.