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Flintshire preparations under way for Olympic torch relay

PREPARATIONS for the Olympic torch’s visit to Flintshire are well under way.

This week the exact route through the county was announced – along with the lucky hopefuls chosen to carry the iconic flame.

The torch will travel through Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Queensferry, Hawarden and Saltney on May 29 en route to Chester.

During its 8,000-mile journey around the country the torch will be carried by 115 people a day before arriving at the at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games.

Seb Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), said: “The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now people know the route the Olympic flame will be carried along, and who is running in which community, they can start planning in detail how they will celebrate the torch coming to them and truly make it their moment to shine.”

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “This is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people to line the route and show their support for London 2012 as the Olympic flame is carried through Flintshire, and to welcome the inspirational torchbearers to our communities.”