As excitement continues to build, Dover District is ready to welcome the Olympic Torch next week, including an amazing evening celebration on Dover Seafront on Wednesday 18 July, set against the stunning backdrop of our world famous white cliffs.
The Torch will make a spectacular entrance into Dover Harbour on 18 July aboard the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos, arriving on the Prince of Wales Pier at approximately 6pm. The Torch Relay travels through Dover from 6pm-7.20pm, and everyone is invited to line the streets to welcome the Flame and support the Torchbearers. The ticketed LOCOG stage show starts around 5.30pm on Dover Seafront, and while the stage show takes place, the Torch will make its way around the town, stopping at Dover Castle and the Market Square, before making its way back to the seafront.
A spectacular firework finale follows the stage show on Dover Seafront from 9.45pm, and is open to everyone. The finale is a specially commissioned show, created by Kent based pyrotechnicians The World Famous. Both the stage show and the finale feature local acts, and highlight the skills of talented young people from our communities.
Please note that all timings are subject to change as these are live events.
The Song For Dover event is one of only two Olympic Evening Celebrations in Kent, and is the larger of the two. We are ready to welcome large crowds, and there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to join in. Park and Ride schemes will run from car park sites at Farthingloe and off the A258 at Guston. For full details of parking, and traffic restrictions while the Torch is in the district, please see the DDC website.
People are reminded to be prepared for all weather conditions, and to come dressed appropriately. In the event of adverse weather, please check the DDC website, social media or local radio for the latest information. People are reminded they will need to provide photo ID if they wish to buy alcohol on the seafront and are between 18 and 25.
The Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration – Song for Dover – is produced by a partnership between Dover District Council, Arts Council England, The World Famous and Kent County Council. The stage show is organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
On Thursday 19 July, the Torch travels from Deal to Sholden from 8.27am to 9.05am, and through Sandwich from 9.12am to 9.39am. For more information on Olympic Torch celebrations, please call 01304 663801 or see www.dover.gov.uk/london2012