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Olympic Torch Relay (Day 3), 21 May 2012

Johnathan Edwards

Olympic torch relay in North Devon: Monday 21 May 2012

In the build up to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July 2012, the Olympic Flame made its journey from Greece. The flame arrived in the UK on 18 May for an epic 70-day journey around the country carried by 8,000 inspirational torch bearers.

The Olympic Flame visited North Devon on Monday 21 May 2012, passing through Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Braunton, Knowle, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Lynton and Lynmouth. North Devon saw huge crowds lining the streets to welcome the Torch Relay. One of the highlights was, of course, Olympic Triple Jump gold medallist and world record holder Johnathan Edwards carrying the Torch in Ilfracombe, his former home.

You can see how the day developed on our Storify pageexternal website

You can also share photos on the Olympic Torch in North Devon Flickr groupexternal website

The day the Olympic Torch came to North Devon

By Katie Davidson from Ashleigh CofE Primary School

On Monday 21 of May 2012, the Olympic Torch came to North Devon - it was really exciting! First we went up to the school hall because Mr Henderson's friend Simon Paddon (a torchbearer from day 1) had the Olympic Torch and we had a picture with it. Then we started to walk down to see the Olympic Torch Relay. We had to wait a long time, but we saw a Lloyds TSB truck, a Coca Cola truck and a Samsung truck. Some of the trucks gave out free flags, but unfortunately we did not get anything because we were near the back. Next a lady from North Devon Council was giving out some Devon flags and we got some! At last the Olympic Torch came by, luckily I got to go on my dads shoulders so that I could see. After that, we walked to Rock Park because we were taking part in Relay races and it was so fun. When I was running it was really fun and when our team mates were running it was fun as well because we got to cheer them on. When none of our team mates were running it was a little bit boring. Landkey came third and Bratton Fleming and Newport came joint first place. By the time it was all finished, we had to go home. I went with my mum and dad and I got an ice-cream. The rest of the class had to go back to school and they got a Jaffa cake. The whole day was really fun!

Olympic torch relay inspired community events

To celebrate this once in a lifetime occurrence, North Devon Council allocated £5,000 to support Torch Relay inspired events across the district. In addition, the council was successful in securing £2,500 from Team Devon and £700 from Active Villages for a final budget of £8,200.

Using the funding, North Devon Council supported twelve community led events hosted by sports clubs, community groups and schools at various dates between the arrival of the Torch Relay on Monday 21 May up to the end of the Olympic Games on Sunday 12 August.
  • Barnstaple Schools Torch Relay Celebration (21/5/12) £1800
  • West Exmoor Federation sports day for Lynton, Parracombe and Kentisbury schools (21/5/12), £200
  • North Devon Schools Games opening ceremony (21/5/12), £300
  • Ilfracombe Schools Torch Relay Celebration (21/5/12), £700
  • Ilfracombe Sports Clubs Challenge at Brimlands (21/5/12), £300
  • Braunton Schools Torch Relay Celebration (21/5/12), Primary Athletics Festival & Secondary Sports Festival £900
  • Combe Martin School gymnastics event (22/5/12), £200
  • North Devon Volleyball open (23/5/12), £500
  • South Molton Schools Torch Relay Celebration (25/6/12), £400
  • Chulmleigh Schools Celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay (25/6/12), £900
  • Great Forches Run - Celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay (8/8/12), £500
  • Great Gorwell Taster Session sports day - Celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay (9/8/12), £500

You can get regular updates by "liking" Sports and Leisure in North Devon Facebook pageexternal website.

Team Devon

Team Devon is responsible for supporting and promoting Olympic Games inspired activity and legacy across Devon.

The Team Devon promotional video below talks about London 2012 and how the games relate to Devon. The video features footage from Devon Games to Inspire 2009, which was hosted by North Devon Council.

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