London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay
Dates and locations for evening celebrations and island visits confirmed
With one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has revealed the dates and locations for the evening celebration events and island visits on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay route.
The announcement of these events and visits is the first stage in confirming the route that the Olympic Flame will take around the UK. A list of the first confirmed locations, including Northern Ireland, is available here.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece IN may 2012, and the 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of May 19.
On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers, and once the detailed route is confirmed later this year, it is estimated that 95% of the population will be within a one hour journey time of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: ‘The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every Nation and Region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live. The first locations on the route confirmed give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.’
The Olympic Flame will travel for approximately 12 hours each day, concluding on 66 of the 70 days with an exciting early evening celebration event that will enable thousands of people each evening to enjoy a variety of entertainment and shows staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners with the support of the host Local Authority.
The London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer nomination programme has also been launched. Together with the three Presenting Partners – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – LOCOG is seeking 8,000 of the most inspirational people to have their moment to shine next summer by carrying the Olympic Flame.
Full details of the LOCOG Torchbearer programme and how to nominate potential Torchbearers is available via www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.