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Olympic Torch relay will begin its journey in Greenwich

PUBLISHED: 11:39 07 November 2011

Bexley's Young Sporting Ambassador Lizzie Nash with an imitation torch

Bexley's Young Sporting Ambassador Lizzie Nash with an imitation torch

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Residents will be the first in the capital to welcome the Olympic torch relay to the borough when it begins its journey through London next July.

Nominated torch bearers will carry it into the Prime Meridian Line in Greenwich on July 21 before it crosses the borough into Bexley the next day.

To mark the historic occasion, a free celebration event will take place that evening at Danson Park.

Leader of the council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “I am absolutely delighted that the torch is coming to Bexley.

“I want us to be able to show the world that we are part of the games and would encourage everyone of all ages, whether they are sportsmen or not, to come out and get involved in any way they can. “From waving flags along the route to holding special street parties, we want to see them all.”

Greenwich is due to host a total of 34 events in nine sports with Greenwich Park, hosting the equestrian events and modern pentathlon, and the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich hosting shooting events and Paralympic archery.

The Olympic flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 torchbearers each of whom will have made a contribution to their local community.

For more information on London 2012 in Bexley visit www.bexley.gov.uk/beinspired


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