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Newcastle set to welcome 2012 Olympic Torch Relay with Quayside celebration

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Newcastle Olympic Torch Tickets 2012

The 2012 Olympic Torch

The 2012 Olympic Torch

Newcastle is set to host the Olympic Torch Relay Convoy on Friday 15 June at around 4:30pm.  – culminating in a celebration by the River Tyne Quayside at 7pm.

It will weave its way through the city and a number of key locations with entertainment to welcome the torch and cheer it on its way. The relay will culminate in an amazing celebration event to be held on Newcastle’s Quayside at 7pm.

The torch will be carried on to the Tyne Bridge where a torchtearer will zip wire it from the Tyne Bridge, over the river and down to Gateshead Quays.

The celebrations on the Quayside kick off from 4.30pm at a stage located at St. Ann’s Quay and will finish at approximately 8pm.

Oylimpic tickets for Newcastle celebration

Access to the staged area is limited to ticket holders. A ballot to apply for tickets opens on Monday 21 May and will close at midnight on Monday 28 May. Tickets can be applied for online at www.newcastle.gov.uk/torchevent with a maximum of four tickets per household.

The Celebration will enable thousands of people to enjoy a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – with support from Newcastle City Council.

Newcastle City Council will present two, ten-minute slots of locally programmed entertainment during the evening celebration.

Newcastle Gateshead Quayside

Newcastle Gateshead Quayside

The opening ten minutes will involve fifteen young people from Newcastle who will create a performance which will represent a journey exploring the shifts in culture of the Games – from the ‘modern’ Games in the 19th Century to the ‘contemporary’ Games – both Olympic and Paralympic, where we value Excellence and Determination as well as Equality.

North East England talent

The performance will be expressed through some truly spectacular movement combining Parkour, Dance and Circus-skills as well as friendliness and wit, for which Newcastle is renowned for.

The final 10-minute slot will be a performance of JigHop, a performing ensemble mixing North East traditional tunes with hiphop urban culture, under the artistic direction of Kathryn Tickell.

The three presenting partners will also each provide 20-minutes of exciting and stimulating entertainment for the event. This will include Coca-Cola showcasing exciting up-and-coming live music acts including indie rock trio from Jarrow and Newcastle – Little Comets, Lloyds TSB bringing stunning acrobatic performances to the site and Samsung staging dance performances including winners of Sky‘s smash hit dance show ‘Got To Dance’ Chris & Wes and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalists Twist & Pulse.

Prior to and during the show, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities courtesy of Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. These include having your photograph taken with the London 2012 Torch and other Olympic-related activities.

Olympic Torch Bearer Celebration Cauldron

Towards the end of the three-hour show the last torch bearer of the day in Newcastle, Will Harding, will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

Henri Murison, Cabinet Member for Quality of Life, said: “Newcastle is proud to be a host council for the games, and our evening celebration on the Quayside will be a highlight of the build up to the Games. The talent we will have on show at the evening celebration will demonstrate all that is best about our city and our region. I know local people will be proud of their city on the night which will have a carnival atmosphere, and all those there will enjoy the show we will put on.”

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “The evening celebrations give the whole family a chance to share the excitement of the Olympic Games as we countdown to the Opening Ceremony.

“The event in Newcastle upon Tyne is set for an exciting line-up, including performances from talented local people who will give the celebration a distinct feel. I am looking forward to the series of 66 evening celebrations showing how diverse the UK’s cultural life is as the eyes of the world turn our way.”

James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola: “We’re encouraging everyone to join us in celebrating the Coca-Cola Future Flames who have carried the Olympic Flame through their communities by finding out more about their local events.”

While there is a staged ticketed area, all of the evening celebrations will be broadcast live on huge screens which can be viewed for free from Newcastle Quayside. This area will be pedestrianised from 2pm on Friday afternoon, and will be the best location to view the torch being zip wired from the Tyne Bridge.

Newcastle Olympic Celebration Travel Plans

There will be some temporary road closures leading up to and during the torch relay thereby causing some congestion around the city centre.

Whilst every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum, we would advise you to factor it in to your travel plans for the evening.

Nearest Metro stations to the Quayside are Manors or Monument, both only a 10 minute walk, or the Q2 Quayside bus will be running to the bottom of Dean Street – the quayside will be close to traffic from 2pm. If you need to bring your car, there is car parking available across the city centre.

The Olympic Torch Relay started at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

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