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Get Your Wristband To Watch The Arrival Of The Olympic Torch

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Published at 12:50pm 7th June 2012. (Updated at 9:27am 12th June 2012)

You can now apply for your free ticket to watch the Olympic Torch arrive on Weymouth Beach.

The event, taking place on Thursday 12 July, is free but people wanting to watch the entertainment and events taking place will be required to apply in advance for a wristband, which will allow them access onto the beach site.

People will be able to apply for up to five wristbands per household online HERE now.

Those successful in booking wristbands will then be able to collect them from a choice of six Tourist Information Centres (TICs) around Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset before 4pm on Friday 29 June. They will be asked to select which TIC they would like as their collection point at the time of booking.

The celebration at Weymouth Beach will enable thousands of people in Weymouth and Portland and the surrounding areas to enjoy a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG, the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

Gates to the beach site will open at 4pm on Thursday 12 July, with the show scheduled to begin from 5.30pm and the Olympic Flame due to arrive at 7.16pm. The Flame will arrive at the beach by rowing gig before the last Torchbearer of the day will take it up onto the stage and light a celebration cauldron so that it will be visible to the audience.

During the two-and-a-half-hour show, the three Presenting Partners will each provide 20 minutes of exciting entertainment, including performances from chart-topping rapper Wretch 32 from Coca-Cola and dance act and Britain's Got Talent finalists 'Twist & Pulse' from Samsung. Lloyds TSB will be bringing acrobatic performances to the show.

There will also be two ten-minute slots of locally-programmed entertainment. This will include a drumming spectacular involving local children from the 'Moving Tides' carnival, the bands Weapons of Sound, Magic Drum Orchestra and B-Sharp plus the audience.  

The event will be followed by a firework display at 9.30pm over Weymouth Bay.

Councillor Mike Goodman, Chairman of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Management Committee said: "This is going to be a very special and unique occasion for Weymouth and Portland and we want to ensure we give the Olympic Flame a fantastic welcome. The line-up for the evening celebration is looking very exciting and I am sure it is going to be a night to remember."

The quickest and easiest way to apply for tickets will be online HERE but those without web access may call Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Customer Services Team on 01305 838000 for assistance.  

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