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Strabane District Council is calling on all local people from all spheres of civic life to line the street in support of the local heroes nominated to run with the Olympic torch in Strabane District.
Just before 8am on Tuesday 05 June 2012 the Olympic Torch will begin its travels on the A5 in Magheramason. It will travel on the A5 through Bready and Ballymagorry. It is expected to reach Strabane at 8.30am. It will come in the Derry Road and go into Abercorn Square, over the bridge, through Bridge Street and out the Urney Road. The convoy will then continue on the main A5 to Sion Mills, arriving at approximately at 9am.
Chairman of Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian McMahon said: “I would urge all local people to get up early on 05 June to welcome the Olympic Flame to our streets as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium. Strabane District Council are encouraging people to line the route when it is being carried by a torchbearer to celebrate the arrival of the flame in our community. Schools, businesses, sporting organisations, community groups and arts and dance groups will be there to commemorate the event in their own way. It promises to be a fun morning and would encourage everyone from Strabane District and its surrounding communities to join us in giving the Olympic Torch and its runner a warm welcome.”
Local people are advised that the Olympic torch will be carried either by a convoy of vehicles or by a torchbearer. Strabane District will have fourteen torch bearers running in a relay. The torchbearers will run from the Magheramason village sign to the national speed limit sign, from the Bready village sign to the national speed limit sign and from the Ballymagorry village sign to the national speed limit sign. Torchbearers will also run from Strabane town sign, in through the Derry Road, through Abercorn Square to the Bradley way/Urney Road/Lampton Court area where it will change to a convoy of vehicles. The final torch bearer relay will take place from the Sion Mills village sign to the National Speed limit Sign.
Local schools and community organisations are currently preparing to greet the Olympic torchbearer with a medley of music and dance whilst passing. Representatives from the business community are hosting special community breakfasts for the supporters. Local schools, sporting organisations and those involved in the creative arts are all gearing up to attend. “It really is going to be a fun morning. A momentous occasion when we see the Olympic flame outside our front doors. I would urge everyone to get up early on that bank holiday Tuesday morning and join in the fun.” Said Cllr McMahon.
If you would like to get involved in organising an activity or event to mark the passing of the Olympic Flame, or would just like some further information please contact Strabane District Council on 028 71 381341 or via logging onto http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/torchbearers/