Torchbearers wanted when Olympic flame comes to East Sussex

OLYMPIC fever is heading to East Sussex after it was announced the Olympic torch relay route will come through the county.

The Olympic Flame will spend the night in Hastings on July 17, 2012, on its way between Brighton and Hove and Dover, although full details of the route have not yet been announced.

Organisers have also launched a competition to find inspirational people to be torchbearers on the route.

Hastings is one of 66 evening celebration locations across the UK confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.

As part of the events LOCOG and the presenting partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.

LOCOG, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, are altogether seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame.

LOCOG wants to find 2,012 torchbearers – people who have gone beyond their personal best.

The nomination portal at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay asks nominators for up to 150 words on why their nominee should carry the Olympic Flame.

The deadline for nominating through the LOCOG campaign is 11.59pm on Wednesday June 29 2011.

Judging panels will be set up in each region of the UK to select the torchbearers for their area.

In total 90 per cent 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 and Samsung.

Each of the 8,000 torchbearers will have a story of achievement and or contribution to their local community.