Hunt for Hackney residents to carry Olympic flame

The search is on for 30 Hackney torchbearers with inspirational stories, to carry the Olympic flame through the borough on its 8,000 mile journey next year.

Hackney residents are being encouraged to nominate worthy contenders as part of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) ‘Moment to Shine’ Torchbearer nomination campaign.

It aims to find 2,012 inspirational members of the public as part of the team of 8,000 carrying the flame 8,000 miles across the UK.

The torch will be lit in Olympia, Greece, and the UK relay will start at Land’s End in Cornwall on May 19, to finally reach the Stratford Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

Residents have until next Wednesday June 29 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.

The torch itself has extra meaning for Hackney, as it was designed by Shoreditch-based designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby who live in Charlotte Road.

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