Olympic torch to pass through Lancaster

Lancashire County Council chairman, Geoffrey Roper,at a photo call for the announcement about the Olympic torch relay's route in the county next year.with Chorley javelin thrower Ben Whipp, ice hockey player Bea Fletcher and the Mayor of Lancaster, Paul Woodruff.

Lancashire County Council chairman, Geoffrey Roper,at a photo call for the announcement about the Olympic torch relay's route in the county next year.with Chorley javelin thrower Ben Whipp, ice hockey player Bea Fletcher and the Mayor of Lancaster, Paul Woodruff.

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LANCASTER will play a key role in the build-up to London 2012 when the Olympic torch passes through the city next summer.

The flame will make the trip from Kendal to Blackpool on June 22, the half-way point of the torch relay, passing through Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster on the way.

The Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Paul Woodruff, unveiled the route next to the town’s iconic Eric Morecambe statue with county council chairman Geoffrey Roper on Monday.

They were joined by two of the county’s rising sports stars, nominee torch bearers Ben Whipp, an athlete and javelin thrower, and Bea Fletcher, who plays ice hockey and inline roller hockey. Coun Woodruff said: “I am delighted the Lancaster district and all its residents are set to benefit from this historic event when the eyes of the world will be upon us all as the torch relay passes through our towns and villages.

See the Lancaster Guardian (10-11-11) for full story.