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THE search has started for 8,000 people to carry the Olympic Flame next year – and Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging the County to grab its Moment to Shine.

The Olympic organisers are kicking off the first of four searches to find torch bearers with the Moment to Shine Campaign.

During the first search The London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) is looking for 2012 people to run with the flame

They want inspirational people to apply to carry the Olympic Torch, with each and every Torchbearer having a story of personal achievement or contribution to their community.

Some 90 percent of the 8,000 Torchbearer places will be made available to the general public. The Moment to Shine Campaign is the first of four special recruitment campaigns run by the LOCOG and sponsors Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

Cambridgeshire residents can make their nominations today at: www.london2012com/olympictorchrelay

Anyone from the age of 12 upwards can be nominated to carry the Olympic Torch.

Cllr Martin Curtis, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Lead Member for the 2012 Games, said: “Moment to Shine is about celebrating the remarkable achievements of ordinary people in our communities through the magic of the games and the Torch relay.

“I hope that Cambridgeshire really gets behind the campaign and that we can celebrate the remarkable stories of people in our towns and villages.

“It’s a great chance for our schools to get involved too – 8 percent of places on the relay will be given to nominations from schools who are part of the Get Set programme, and there will be other opportunities for schools to get involved.”