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London 2012: Olympic torch route for Lancashire revealed

Ben Whipp
Image caption Ben Whipp has been nominated by his mother to carry the torch

The route that the Olympic torch will take through Lancashire next year has been revealed.

The flame will arrive in Chorley on 1 June, before heading to Euxton, Croston, Burscough and Ormskirk.

It will then travel around the UK before returning to Lancashire on 22 June, visiting Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe, Lancaster, Garstang and St Michaels on Wyre.

It will visit Fleetwood and Cleveleys and remain in Blackpool overnight.

The final leg will see the torch in Lytham St Annes, Warton, Preston, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Crawshawbooth, Reedsholme and Rawtenstall.

'Past my house'

The flame then heads off to Manchester on Saturday 23 June 2012.

Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn said: "The 2012 Olympics gives us a real opportunity to inspire young people to become more active and take up a sport.

"We are currently planning lots of events for the community to enjoy through the period of the Olympics which we hope will encourage more participation in sporting activities.

"Blackpool is very proud to be part of the torch relay and we want to make sure that we host an evening event that will attract visitors from all over the country."

Teenage javelin thrower Ben Whipp has been nominated by his mother to carry the torch through Lancashire.

He will find out in December if he is successful, and said it would be "amazing" to be given the chance to carry the torch through his home town of Chorley.

He added: "To go past my house with the torch would mean a lot to me."

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