London,
18
March
2012
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Olympic Torch Relay route though Hackney confirmed

The Olympic Torch will enter Hackney at Shoreditch High Street on 21 July and will travel north along the A10 to Clissold Park. Local Torchbearers will then run the Olympic Flame eastwards through Homerton in 300m legs until it passes into Waltham Forest along Eastway.

The relay will coincide with the One Hackney Festival 2012, a borough wide carnival event to welcome the Olympic Flame. The festival will include a musical street parade along the Torch route and will culminate with an event at Clissold Park in Stoke Newington.

Accompanying the parade will be a festival fringe that will extend the celebrations to Hackney’s town centres with food, performance and music. The whole day will be a Hackney celebration, but will include special guests from across London, the UK and the rest of the world.

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said:

"Hackney is ready for a day of celebration and entertainment that will make the very most of the procession of the Olympic Torch through the borough. We want residents to come out in force along the route to cheer Torchbearers as the Flame gets ever closer towards the Olympic Stadium.

"It will be a unique opportunity to share in the excitement of the final build up to the Games whilst enjoying the carnival atmosphere of the One Hackney Festival 2012."

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added:

"Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Hackney s moment to shine."

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay. This gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Hackney.

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012, marking the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The route has been devised to take the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.