Your chance to nominate people to carry the Olympic Torch in Derbyshire

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THERE are just 25 days left in a campaign being run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games for people to nominate someone special to carry the Olympic Torch into Derby and Derbyshire.

Last month Derbyshire was gripped by 2012 fever with news that the Olympic Torch will visit the county as part of a 70-day relay tour of the UK ahead of next year’s Games.

It is fantastic news which will put Derbyshire in the global spotlight – with the wider public, businesses and stakeholders across Derbyshire including the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and many others looking forward to this landmark occasion.

Around 8,000 torchbearers are needed to carry the torch on its way around the country, with 90% chosen from public nominations.

And in Derbyshire, the BBC Big Screen, in the Market Place, Derby, co-managed by the university, will capture the local stages of the torch relay.

The organising committee is looking for ‘inspirational people’ who have made a contribution in their community as part of the Moment to Shine campaign. The deadline for entries is June 29. It aims to choose 2,012 torch bearers nationally, although sponsors Samsung, Coca-Cola and Lloyds TSB will also launch separate appeals.

Rory Slater, Derbyshire’s 2012 Legacy Co-ordinator, said: “This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of this special event in the county. We encourage nominations from all walks of life – but time is ticking to get those entries in!”

The organising committee is keen for a wide range of people in society to be represented through the torch relay so the appeal goes out to worthy names within the charitable sector, the business sector, young people, sports coaches and athletes to name but a few.

In Derby, we are planning a series of cultural celebrations which will take place at various city locations enabling every community to be part of this global event.

The eyes of the world will be on Derby and to get into the spirit of the Games, we will welcome the arrival of the Olympic Flame to Derby on the evening of the 29 June, where the Celebration Cauldron will be lit followed by an exciting ceremony and stage show.

The celebrations will showcase our diverse communities and our rich cultural life over the weekend and all the events and activities will be free of charge and open to all people from the city and beyond. More details will follow as plans take shape.

To nominate a torchbearer through the Moment to Shine campaign you visit the website which can be found at www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay. You must be aged 12 or over at the time of nomination and have the permission of your nominee. Adults can be asked to make the nomination on behalf of younger people.