Castlereagh’s Moment To Shine!
On Sunday 3rd June, the people of Castlereagh will be lining the streets of Dundonald to give the Olympic torch a warm community welcome as it passes through the Borough.
The Olympic torch will arrive in Dundonald at 8.20am along the Comber Road (A22) with the release of 212 Olympic coloured balloons to brighten the Castlereagh skyline. The release will be performed by the Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Jim White alongside one lucky competition winner selected from a primary school in the Borough.
There will also be celebration of the Borough’s most famous citizen, footballer George Best with a special guard of honour from local junior football team, Dungoyne Football Club, who were involved in setting up the George Best Castlereagh League in memory of their sporting hero. The team will be joined by Aldermen and Councillors along the route to add to the Olympic spirit.
The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Jim White is looking forward to the occasion. He said, “The 3rd June will be a once in a life time opportunity for the people of Castlereagh to join in with the Olympic celebrations and enjoy a truly memorable moment for the Borough to shine.”
The iconic 2012 Olympic torch will be carried by three talented sports girls from the Borough, Dempsey Andrews (15), Brooke Andrews (14) and Kelsey Nolan (16) who will enjoy one of the biggest days of their lives.
The Mayor added, “I would warmly encourage everyone to line the route and support these young sports people as they celebrate the biggest sporting event in the world. To be selected as a torchbearer is a huge honour and I hope people will come out with their banners and flags to cheer on these young people as they represent the Borough on a global stage.”
The Olympic torch will leave the Borough along the Comber Road (A22) onto the Upper Newtownards Road.