Day 6: Torch Relay Will Visit Gloucester Cathedral and Severn Valley Railway on Journey from Cheltenham to Worcester

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On Thursday 24 May the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will travel from Cheltenham to Worcester. The Olympic Flame will travel 99.05 miles through 19 communities.

Day 6: Torch Relay will visit Gloucester Cathedral and Severn Valley Railway on journey from Cheltenham to Worcester

Day 6: Torch Relay will visit Gloucester Cathedral and Severn Valley Railway on journey from Cheltenham to Worcester

The Olympic Torch Relay will mark the moment when every corner of the UK will start to feel the excitement of London 2012

On Thursday 24 May the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – will travel from Cheltenham to Worcester. The Olympic Flame will travel 99.05 miles through 19 communities.

  • On Day 6 the Torch Relay will travel 99.05 miles
  • 119 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame
  • Evening celebration to take place at Worcester County Cricket Ground
  • Images from the day will be available to download from here throughout the day

119 Torchbearers will carry the Flame before it arrives at the Evening Celebration in Worcester where a cauldron will be lit to mark the culmination of the day’s festivities. After the celebrations have finished, the Flame will be transferred to a lantern and it will stay in Worcester overnight.

On Day 6 the Flame will be carried through the following communities:
Gloucester, Maisemore, Hartpury, Corse and Staunton, Ledbury, Bartestree, Lugwardine, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Far Forest, Callow Hill, Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwitch Spa, Fernhill Heath and Worcester.

During the day the Flame will also visit a number of iconic landmarks including:
Gloucester Docks, where the Flame will be carried by 19-year-old George Livingstone-Thompson from Gloucester, who was nominated through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme for his voluntary work for people with disabilities.

Gloucester Cathedral, where the Flame will be carried by aspiring fencer, Sophie Williams, who is 21-years-old from Cornwall, who was nominated for her extraordinary progress in the last two years.

Severn Valley Railway, where the Flame will be carried on the train from Bewdley to Kidderminster by 43-year-old Christopher Stokes from Kidderminster.

Other Torchbearers during the day will include:

Sharron Davies, who is carrying the Flame in Leominster in recognition of her Olympic Swimming career. Sharron has remained in the public eye as a commentator, presenter and active charity worker. She pioneered her own annual swimming event, Swim for Life, which involves over 2000 pools nationwide and helps raise money for many different causes.

Yasmin Boff, 12, from Evesham and carrying the Flame in Gloucester. Yasmin, who was nominated through the LOCOG campaign, is an exceptional talented young swimmer. Last year she broke the UK age record for the 50m backstroke and has won countless medals and trophies. She was recently selected to train with the Elite 2 swimming squad in Coventry and with the support and commitment of her family, she now trains there five times a week.

Robert Powell, 60, from Hereford, was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign. Robert is carrying the Flame in Hereford and has been selected thanks to his involvement with MS Society. Robert chairs his local MS Society branch and has raised tens of thousands of pounds through running and cycling.

Lucy Fellows, 15, from Worcestershire carrying the Flame in Ludlow. Despite suffering from a rare genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Lucy is a full-time carer for her mother who suffers from a severe form of her own condition. Beyond being a carer, Lucy’s an A* student, an active member of the local community within her Girl Guides and Rangers, as well as a member of a local wildlife group. Lucy was nominated through the Samsung campaign.

Stuart Woodburn, 30, from Worcestershire and carrying the Flame in Ledbury. Stuart, who was nominated the through the LOCOG campaign, has worked at Aston Fields for four years, and works as a Year 5 form teacher as well as teaching: Director of KS2 English, Maths, P.E and HSSE (History, Geography and Religious Education). Throughout his career at our school, he's received outstanding performance from the head teacher and works to, not only support pupils and support other staff, but also inspire everyone at school, especially in sport.

Thomas Neathway, 28, from Worcestershire was nominated by Worcester City Council through the LOCOG campaign. Thomas, who will carry the Flame in Worcester, joined the Parachute Regiment in 2001 and is a veteran of multiple tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq & Afghanistan. On his last Afghan tour in 2008, Tom triggered a booby trap while covering his platoon moving forward. The blast took off both his feet and the severity of his wounds led to amputation of both legs and one arm.

The evening celebration will take place at Worcester County Cricket Ground from 4pm. The evening celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

The line-up includes music from Labrinth, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. A locally recruited community choir will also perform.

Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day - Sally Flood, from Bromsgrove who was nominated for her charity work - will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

The Olympic Torch Relay will also include exciting moments with extreme heights, high speeds and breath-taking spectacles and the Flame will be travelling by different methods of transport including horseback, bicycle, tram and steam-train. Every county in England and every Local Authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will host the Olympic Flame, with visits reaching as far north as Lerwick in Scotland to St Helier in the south, Lowestoft in the east and Enniskillen in the west. Many thousands of people are expected to welcome the Olympic Flame along the route each day and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers in parks, squares and streets right around the UK.

The convoy travelling with the Flame consists of 14 core vehicles, including a pilot car, Torchbearer drop-off and pick-up shuttles, Presenting Partner vehicles, a media vehicle, a command car and security vehicles. The lead convoy, including the Presenting Partner vehicles, will provide entertainment for the crowds. The Torchbearer will follow some 5 to 7 minutes later.

A crew of approximately 350 people will be working each day of the Relay. Core teams of LOCOG staff, the Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, Presenting Partners, host Police Forces and host Local Authorities will be working together throughout the 70 days.

James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, The Coca-Cola Company, said: ‘We’re five days into what is shaping up to be an incredible 70 day journey around the UK. We’re so excited to join with the crowds lining the streets to celebrate our inspirational Coca-Cola Future Flames as they carry the Olympic Flame through their local communities, for example today George Livingstone-Thompson will run in Gloucester. We’re continuing to spread the magic of London 2012 across the United Kingdom, and will be getting everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Labrinth to the stage in Worcester.’

Sally Hancock, Director, 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: ‘The Olympic Torch Relay will mark the moment when every corner of the UK will start to feel the excitement of London 2012. Lloyds TSB is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Olympic Flame passes their front doors. We’re calling on everyone to come and line the streets to cheer on their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers and celebrate with our troupe of performers the Flame Followers who will use a unique fusion of performance to bring the excitement of the Flame to communities.’

Mr Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: ‘Samsung is delighted to be a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and we feel the Torchbearers selected for the Cheltenham to Worcester route really do demonstrate the ‘gone the extra mile’ community element that lies at the heart of our Olympic Torch Relay London 2012 campaign. We’re delighted that Lucy Fellows who is full time carer for her mother will be running and representing Samsung at this stage.’

For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

Notes to editors:

Each day two short packages of broadcast footage will be made available. The packages will be available via the Footage library – accessible from the Media Centre on london2012.com and direct from this link http://footagelibrary.london2012.com. Media will need to register for access in advance. Registration is free.

The broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay is provided for Editorial Use Only. There can be no commercial association, no third party association and no commercial/ad superimposition on the video footage, unless the prior written consent of the IOC is acquired.

About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:

As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities.

As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors. Lloyds TSB’s troupe of performers the Flame Followers will be travelling ahead of the Flame to excite crowds with a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport celebrating the endeavour, athleticism, agility and skill of Olympic sporting heroes, Team GB.

Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Lloyds TSB stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes at each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Lloyds TSB site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Lloyds TSB Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers.

As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion.

The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.

The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region.

London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.

There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield

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