Details of London 2012 torch relay revealed
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has published a street-by-street map of the Olympic Torch Relay. Over 7,300 torchbearers have been confirmed, following their success via public nomination processes run by LOCOG, along with the presenting partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
During its 70-day journey, the Olympic Torch will travel approximately 8,000 miles around UK by 8,000 torchbearers, before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July for the Opening Ceremony.
The flame will begin its journey on 19th May at Land’s End, travelling through the likes of Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Derby and Westminster before reaching its final destination. Details of the journey can be found on the official website, allowing the public to plan their day accordingly in order to witness the flame’s progress. However, the last two days of the event will be kept a secret until the inauguration day draws nearer.
An average of 115 torchbearers, each of them wearing a white and gold uniform designed by Adidas, will carry the flame as it passes through 1,019 communities.
Some of the torchbearers will continue the relay in unusual circumstances; they will not only run but also skate with it at the Nottingham Ice Centre and row with it at Henley-on-Thames and on the River Bann in Coleraine, Nothern Ireland.
Some high-flying activities will also feature in the relay, as the flame will abseil down the Dock Tower at Grimsby and swoop off the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle Gateshead on a zip wire.
The responsibility of carrying the flame from York to Thirsk lies with the Scots Guardsman train, as the Flying Scotsman is undergoing restoration work.
Commenting on the release of information involving the relay, LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe said, “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the games to our streets.
“Now people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and who is running in which community, they can start planning in detail how they will celebrate the Torch coming to them and truly make it their moment to shine.”