Olympic flame to light up East Sussex

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OLYMPIC fever is heading to East Sussex after it was announced Lewes, Crowborough, Pevensey and Pevensey Bay are amongst the eight towns and villages to host the Olympic flame.

The Olympic torch relay route will also pass through Eastbourne, Bexhill and St Leonards before stopping at an Evening Celebration in Hastings on Tuesday July 17, 2012.

The flame then continues through Hastings and Rye on Wednesday July 18, 2012 before continuing its journey to Kent and around the country.

As part of its journey through East Sussex, it will also stop at one of the country’s most iconic coastal landmarks – the Seven Sisters.

These locations are eight of the 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 by torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG said: “We are thrilled to confirm that several towns and villages in East Sussex will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people 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 East Sussex 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 May 19, 2012.

On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.

More than 95 per cent of the population will be within just ten miles of the Olympic flame next summer.