Hackney residents encouraged to nominate 2012 torchbearers

There s still time for Hackney residents to nominate inspiring individuals who they feel deserve to be an official London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) ‘Moment to Shine’ Torchbearer nomination campaign aims to find 2,012 inspirational members of the public to carry the Olympic Flame on its 8,000 mile journey across the UK next summer. Around 30 bearers will carry the torch through Hackney.

The torch will be lit in Olympia, Greece, and the relay starts at Land s End, Cornwall, on 19 May 2012. It will traverse the UK ­ and pass through Hackney ­ before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: "We re very pleased the flame will be visiting Hackney and are working closely with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on the route it will take to ensure that as many local people can take part as possible."

The torch will have extra meaning for Hackney as it was designed by Shoreditch-based designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Circles representing each of the 8,000 bearers and their stories of personal achievement perforate the golden torch, which was unveiled on 8 June.

Edward and Jay, based in Charlotte Road, EC2, said: "Ever since we were young we have loved the Olympic Games. As designers, this is quite simply the best project going ­to design an icon for the Games. We wanted to make the most of pioneering production technologies and to demonstrate the industrial excellence available in the UK."

Residents have until 29 June to nominate someone who they feel could represent the borough and take on the prestigious role of torchbearer.

Bearers need to be over 12 years old, live in the UK ­ but not necessarily be British citizens ­and have a story that will inspire millions of people around the world.

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