On Monday 23 July at 7.30am, the Olympic Torch Relay will set off from the Laban building of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Creekside at the start of its journey through Lewisham. Residents from all over the borough will be able to welcome the Olympic Flame as it moves through the different neighbourhoods.
Passing many local landmarks including the new Deptford Lounge, the Stephen Lawrence Centre, Lewisham's clock tower and the Broadway Theatre, this is an opportunity for local residents to share in the excitement of the Relay and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers.
The complete London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route can be viewed in full at London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay, with street-by-street details and proposed start times. Residents living in the borough of Lewisham can find out when it will be travelling near them.
One of Lewisham's Torchbearers is Marcel Jenkins, who is treasurer of the Friends of Blythe Hill and has been a driving force behind the Blythe Hills Festival over the past five years. Marcel expressed his surprise and delight at being nominated to be a Torchbearer: "The Friends is an example of people coming together to make things happen and work hard to improve the lives and opportunities of friends and neighbours. We've not been afraid to roll up our sleeves to improve things.
"I am thrilled to be one of Lewisham's torchbearers - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and underlines for me how everyone can be involved in their community."
The Principal of Trinity Laban, Professor Anthony Bowne, said the Conservatoire was honoured to be taking part in London 2012 history: "Trinity Laban is a world class conservatoire for music and contemporary dance students - but we are also deeply proud of our Deptford roots and our work with the local community, going back over ten years.
"We also have key Olympic links, as our Stirling award winning Laban dance building was designed by Herzog and de Meuron, who designed Beijing's Birds Nest Olympic Stadium."
Lewisham Councillor Chris Best, Cabinet Member for Community Services, celebrated the announcement outside Trinity Laban's dance building: "We are so pleased that Lewisham residents will have this great opportunity to be part of such a fantastic spectacle. Telling everyone the route today means there is lots of time for people to hold community celebrations along the route as we welcome the Flame and support the amazing Torchbearers on their journey."
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: "We are thrilled to confirm that Lewisham will act as a host location for the Olympic Flame on Monday 23 July, extending an invitation to people across the borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK's moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Lewisham to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games."
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012 and will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their chance to shine.
In other exciting 2012 news, Trinity Laban jazz performance student, Tyler Rix, will carry the flame in Haringey on 25 July. Tyler, who lives in Finchley, was selected as an inspirational teenager, having crammed a huge number of successes into his 19 years.
A saxophone player, Tyler recorded an album which reached number one in the classical album charts in 2009. He also had huge successes in school football beating over 900 teams to win the national competition the English Schoolboy's FA Cup, in 2007.
Tyler said: "I was so surprised to be nominated, and to find out I had been chosen was the best feeling because it showed that all of the hard work had paid off. I want to be a role model for other people and I want people to know that London is full of opportunities. I don't think that I could have achieved so much anywhere else."