Get ready for the Olympic flame
Saturday 14th July 2012, 11:30AM BST.
JERSEY is making final preparations for the historic visit of the Olympic Flame to the Island tomorrow.
Organisers hope that thousands of Islanders will line the torch relay route to cheer on local torchbearers.
During its 70-day journey around the British Isles, the flame will pass through 1,000 cities, towns and villages.
Tomorrow, on day 58 of its journey, it will be transported from Southampton on a special gold British Airways plane to visit Guernsey before arriving in Jersey shortly after 11.30 am.
Dan Schofield, Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay advance manager, encouraged Islanders to ‘come together for a very special day’.
The relay begins at Bel Royal at 12noon and continues via the Radisson Hotel to the Weighbridge where a special cauldron will be lit. The torch relay will then continue back to Victoria Avenue, finishing opposite the Lower Park.
The Weighbridge will be the site of celebrations from 11 am to 3 pm, with sporting challenges, food stalls, face painting and balloon artists adding to a festive atmosphere.
Twelve torches – each engraved with the crest of an Island parish – will be carried in relays from the Weighbridge to their respective parishes after the lighting of the cauldron with the official flame. Many of the parishes have organised special events to celebrate the relay and the Olympics.
• See Monday’s Jersey Evening Post for comprehensive coverage of the event