On the trail of the Torch
The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be passing through Nottinghamshire on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2012, and will travel across the length and breadth of the county. For full details of the route through the county, visit the Sport for All website, and for the plans in Nottingham city visit Game On.
The Torch route will start in the very North of the county in Darlton, home to the famous gliding club. In the 1930’s, gliding became an officially recognised Olympic sport, but was stopped after the ill-fated Olympic games of 1940.
The next stop for the Torch bearers will be East Markham, whose Church Spa offers sports therapy massage – perfect for Olympic competitors who want to maintain maximum performance, or for visitors looking for a spot of pampering.
Tuxford is the next stop. Hot on football, this little village has four youth teams, one of which is aptly named the “Tuxford Flames”. We bet they’ll be watching!
Running swiftly on, the Torch then will enter Kirton. A census carried out in 2001 claimed there were just 273 people living there. If we fit 63 Kirton villages into the London Olympic Village, there will still be a little room left over!
The flame will pass through Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, where circus acts and over 1,500 school children will be cheering it on. Sherwood Forest, famous for its Major Oak (the supposed hideout of Robin Hood and his merry men) is still producing acorns at 800 years old (that’s 200 Olympic Games!).
Edwinstowe is another stop along the way. The famous archer Robin Hood is said to have wed his beloved Maid Marian here. Archery has been in and out of the Olympic Games since 1900 – look out for it this year where we hope the spirit of Robin Hood will grip Team GB!
Already a home of heroes, there will be loud cheers when we pass through the town of Mansfield, as Olympic swim champion Rebecca Adlington hails from here. The local swimming centre where Rebecca got herself trained up, was shortly renamed after her.
The Torch will then pass through Kelham, home to the picturesque Kelham Hall, before arriving in the beautiful market town of Newark, home of Mary Thomson-King. She has represented Team GB at five Olympic Games between 1992 and 2008 as an equestrian sportswoman.
West Bridgford is also along the route, with the flame passing by the world-famous Trent Bridge cricket ground. The Nottingham Forest city ground here will also be used by the Japan men’s football team as a warm up stadium in their bid for glory at London 2012.
In a great coup for the city, the Torch will visit the National Ice Centre, where Olympic medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who won Gold for their mesmerising Olympic performance of ‘Bolero’ back in 1984, will skate the Torch across the ice.
As a grand finale, the Torch will then make its way to the heart of the city for an evening of spectacular entertainment and celebrations in the city’s historic Old Market Square, from 5.15pm to 7.30pm, followed by the Follow the Light street parade and the Big Night Out. Nottingham is sure to be full of Olympic spirit, as locals and visitors celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We can’t wait to welcome the flame!