The Olympic Torch comes to Trinity Laban

Olympic Torch Relay (23-07-12)

On Monday 23 July at 7.31am, the Olympic Torch Relay 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 joined us to farewell the Olympic Flame as it headed off on its journey around South East London.

Over 550 people were on the Laban Building's lawns to watch this historic event, including members of the Animate Orchestra, dancers from the Centre for Advanced Training and Trinity Laban's Summer School participants - and thousands of local residents watched from the perimeter of the site. Other guests included Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham, and Jay Osgerby, designer of the Olympic torch and local resident.

The dynamic and exciting London Sound Painting Orchestra entertained the crowds from 6.30am; this was followed by professional trumpeter Rob Willson playing a 30 second fanfare by Gottfried Reiche to introduce the lighting of the torch.

Passing many local landmarks including the new Deptford Lounge, the Stephen Lawrence Centre, Lewisham's clock tower and the Broadway Theatre, Trinity Laban students, guests and staff joined in the excitement of the Relay and celebrated 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.

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."

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