Olympic torch on a TT sidecar

A general view of the 2012 Olympic Torch at the University of Northampton, Northampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 28, 2011. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

A general view of the 2012 Olympic Torch at the University of Northampton, Northampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 28, 2011. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

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THE Olympic torch will be visiting the Isle of Man on June 2 next year.

The island will be among the 1,000- plus British villages, towns, cities and islands the torchbearers are set to visit ahead of the London 2012 games.

The torchbearers will be visiting Douglas, Onchan, Ballasalla, Castletown and Laxey.

The Olympic Torch Relay will also take in landmarks along the way and the Olympic Flame will be carried for sections of the route by different modes of transport.

During the visit to the Isle of Man the torch will be carried in the sidecar of a TT bike along a short stretch of the course before racing starts and it will also be transported via the Manx Electric Railway.

The torchbearers are set to be announced later this year.

They have been chosen following nominations of worthy individuals by the Manx public.

Lord Coe, who is heading up the organisation of the Olympics, stated that everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can so to be part of their historic occasion.

He said: ‘The Olympic Games are coming to you as the Olympic Flame gives people across the British Isles their moment to shine.’

The announcement by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is visiting 1,018 villages, towns and cities in the UK and British Isles routes means LOCOG is taking the Olympic Flame within an hour’s journey time of 95 per cent of the population of the British Isles.

In fact, over 95 per cent of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer.

The Olympic Torch Relay will take place between 10am and 3pm on June 2. The Torch will arrive on a flight from Liverpool.

Community, Culture and Leisure Minister Tim Crookall MHK said: ‘I think it is absolutely marvellous, to get everybody involved in something we will all probably sit and watch.

‘It will certainly give us some good coverage, there will be things we need to arrange beforehand.

‘It is good to get everybody involved, and the children – hopefully the schools will get involved. It is a good news story.’

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