Olympic Torch Relay in Dundee

A week today –  on the evening of Tuesday 12th June – Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Dundee.

The relay will begin its journey to an evening celebration at Baxter Park from Commercial Street at 18:14, calling in at City Square around 4 minutes later.

The City Council has organised a programme of entertainment at City Square, including gymnasts, Active Schools, drummers and Fintry Pipe Band – and this will begin at 4pm.

The relay and torchbearers will then move along Murraygate and Cowgate, up Princes Street onto Arbroath Road, then onto Baxter Park for 18:47.

The Baxter Park celebration will be open to the public from 4pm, with activities beginning at 5pm. Highlights include a DJ set presented by street dancers Twist & Pulse and a performance from top Scots pop star Emeli Sande.    There will be a number of dancing and athletic events taking place in the park, with representations from sponsors.
At 18:50, a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame.    Events at the park will come to a close at around 19:15.

No tickets are required for either the City Square or Baxter Park events, but people are being advised to come along as early as they can.
You can download this map of the relay in higher-quality format here.

Olympic Torch Relay – come on Dundee!

The Sunday Post yesterday reported my comments about the low number of nominations thus far from Dundonians for the Olympic Torch Relay.   

With over 600 nominations across Scotland, to date only 19 come from the Dundee area and in the Sunday Post article yesterday, I urged Dundee folk to put themselves forward to carry the Olympic flame.

You can read more about nominating a torchbearer, through the scheme promoted by sponsors Bank of Scotland, by going to http://tinyurl.com/olympicsdundee.

Olympics : An update from the City Council

Good news on the Olympics Torch Relay – from Dundee City Council tonight :

The Torch Relay will start on Saturday, 19th May 2012 and then travel around the UK for 70 days. On Friday 27th July 2012 the Flame will enter the Olympic Stadium to light the cauldron in the Opening Ceremony and formally start the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) confirmed the first 74 locations on the route yesterday.    Many more will follow as the content of each day is put in place throughout the rest of the year.

Dundee has been confirmed as one of 6 Evening Celebration Sites within Scotland – 66 in total throughout the UK – as part of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

On the 12th June 2012, the Torch will reach the Dundee City area and will travel a route throughout the city arriving at the Evening Celebration Site.  Details of the venue and route will be announced at a later date. Visit the Dundee page.

Once the complete route is confirmed later in the year, we are aiming that 95% of the population will be within a one hour journey of the Olympic Flame. The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is the Games on your doorstep and  we invite you to nominate someone to be a Torchbearer in your Relay.

Torchbearers Nomination Process

Together with the three Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame.   

The LOCOG Torchbearer programme to find 2,012 inspirational people who have gone beyond their personal best will run for six weeks from 18th May. 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 29th June 2011. Judging panels will be set up in each Nation and Region of the UK to select the Torchbearers for their area.

90% 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