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London 2012: Lancashire's Olympic torch route revealed

Blackpool Tower
Image caption The Olympic torch will pass the Blackpool Tower on its journey through Lancashire

The Olympic torch will visit the Blackpool Tower on its journey across Lancashire.

It will arrive in the borough on 1 June and pass through Euxton, Croston, Burscough and Ormskirk before travelling around the UK.

The flame will return to Lancashire on 22 June, visiting Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang and St Michaels on Wyre.

It will also pass through Lytham St Annes, Preston, Blackburn and Burnley.

One of the torchbearers will be Anne Ellwood, 54, from Accrington, who was nominated to carry the flame for her work with women's football.

'Daughter's nomination'

Mother-of-two Mrs Ellwood has worked for more than 35 years in the sport from player to coach to administrator to spectator.

To her surprise, she has one of her family members to thank for this honour.

She was nominated by her daughter Rebecca, 18, to carry the flame for her commitment to women's football, helping females to participate in a once male-dominated sport.

"I'm still recovering from the shock, I can't believe it," she said.

Run and walk

Mrs Ellwood said she was not sure whether she would run or walk as she was still recovering from an operation.

"I think it might be a combination of both," she said.

During the 10-week relay, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.

London 2012 organisers Locog said the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

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