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Stay connected for Olympic Torch Relay

[Friday 18 May 2012]

London 2012 Torch - image copyright LOCOG, used with permission

With just three days to go until North Devon welcomes the Olympic Torch Relay, plans are now in place to help more people connect with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

On Monday 21 May, North Devon Council will be using social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to keep followers informed of the Flame's progress. As well as giving updates on the whereabouts of the Torch through Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Braunton, Knowle, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Lynmouth, other key communication information will also be relayed.

To follow the excitement, go to the Twitter website and follow #olympictorch and #ndevon. You can also follow the action on Facebook.

An online photo sharing group has also been set up to allow the public to post their photos of the Flame as it travels through North Devon's communities. This can be found on the flickr website.

Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear, says: "The excitement really is now building, with the eyes of the world set to fall on North Devon, as the Olympic Flame passes by. Some people may not get the opportunity to see the Torch for themselves, so we hope the use of social media will help them feel informed and involved in this momentous occasion. Joining together in this way further adds to the sense of community, and I for one can't wait to be part of this very special day."

There will be rolling road closures along the route approximately 30 minutes in advance of the Torch. However, the roads along some sections of the route will be closed for some time before the Torch arrives for safety reasons. It is recommended to stand on the left-hand side of the route to get a better view of the Torchbearer.

In Barnstaple, the road from Long Bridge to Taw Vale will be closed from 10am until midday to pedestrianise the Square. This is in preparation for 3,000 school children who are expected to view the arrival of the Torch on The Strand.

For more information about the Olympic Torch Relay, including a map showing the Torch arrival times in each town and on which streets the Torch will be visible, visit the council's London 2012 webpage.

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