London 2012: Torch relay heading for 1,000 places

 
Tyne Bridge, Newcastle The flame will fly off the Tyne Bridge on a zip wire

The London 2012 Olympic torch will fly by zip wire from the Tyne Bridge, ascend Snowdon by rail and cross Loch Ness during its journey around the UK.

The relay will visit UK landmarks like the Giant's Causeway and Stonehenge.

London Games organisers Locog have set out the 1,018 places the torch will pass through when it is carried around the UK from 19 May to 27 July 2012.

On the last day of the 70-day relay it will travel down the River Thames to Olympic Park for the opening ceremony.

During the 10-week relay, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.

Locog say the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population. It will go through every English county and every local authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The scope of the route reaches from Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands to St Helier, Jersey, as far east as Lowestoft, Suffolk to Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

While the communities and landmarks the torch will visit have been set out, the street-by-street detail of the route will not be confirmed until later in 2012.

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Locog chair Sebastian Coe said the relay would take the 2012 Games to almost every corner of the UK, saying: "Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion," he said.

He added on the BBC: "We originally started out by saying 95% of the population would be within an hour's journey of the route - we now have that as within 10 miles. We've got to get the torch to as many communities as possible.

"Fifty per cent of the torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24. We are going to focus on young people, it is a young people's torch."

The flame, in the torch or Olympic lanterns, will also be transported by more novel methods including boat, bicycle, tram and train.

The flame will:

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said the zip-wiring torch moment planned for 15 June was a thrilling opportunity for the city to be part of Olympic history and to inspire young people.

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London view

"There could be no more poignant backdrop for the flame than the Tyne Bridge, an enduring symbol of our people and our region," he said.

The flame will go to Snowdon on 29 May. Alun Gruffydd, of Snowdonia National Park Authority, said it was most fitting that the torch would reach the summit of Wales' most iconic landmark.

"The Snowdonia landscape is here for everybody to enjoy and it is hoped that the 2012 Olympics will inspire people to keep active and experience our breathtaking countryside," he said.

Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, where the torch will appear early on 12 July, said it was particularly relevant for the torch to visit the site as during London's bid for the Olympic Games it played a part in showing the UK's history and culture.

"We're delighted that having been part of this for the past seven years, the torch will come and visit us," he said.

Torchbearers wait

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said the Olympic flame's arrival in the UK on 18 May 2012 would "mark the final countdown to the greatest sporting event the country will host in our lifetime".

"The Olympic Torch Relay will be an amazing opportunity for people to see the Olympic flame in their own towns and communities," he said.

In keeping with tradition, the Olympic flame will be lit in Olympia, Greece, in May 2012, and be flown to the UK on 18 May.

Iconic places the torch will visit during next year's relay

The 70-day torch relay begins early on 19 May at Land's End and, after covering the country, spends a week touring London before making a final journey on 27 July from Hampton Court Palace to Olympic Park, for the opening of the Games.

People nominated to carry the torch will be contacted with a conditional offer in December and their places confirmed from February.

Locog has also launched its Local Leaders programme, to invite people to organise torch relay and other Games celebrations within their communities, as well as its Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay education kits for teachers.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 164.

    Why is it going to Scotland ?. Isn't that an independently thinking country now. Lets leave them to caber tossing.

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    Comment number 163.

    It's very silly that people complain about London being the venue. As the capital and by far the biggest urban area in the country a lot of high profile events will take place here. Truth is bids from other cities probably wouldn't have succeeded. More to the point though I can't think of another place that is more accessible to the majority of people in the country.

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    Comment number 162.

    #157 FL

    I dont see why not. Contrary to what the doom mongers and their white elephants claim, the UK has has a good recent track record of managing events and making use of venues: Euro 96 , Manchester 02 and even the much maligned Dome has been a rip-roaring success since it was remodelled as the O2, outselling Madison Sq Gardens last year.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 161.

    I can understand why people would be put out at not getting tickets, however I can confirm the tickets didn't only go to a priveliged few, I am a working 60 year old - about to retire, and got 2 tickets to the rowing. I also know of at least 2 others that got tickets to other events. All working class with no connection to the Olympics or the Govt. Perhaps that's why we are not as grumpy as some

  • rate this
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    Comment number 160.

    Why is this rubbish a leading bbc news story?

    We have the medals, then the stadium and now the route that this London based event will take to justifiy itself to people out with that city.

    This is not news it's propaganda and free advertising branded as news.

    The people of Scotland will take nothing from this event but will pay for it through taxes.

    BTW, uk is not a nation!!!!

    C McK

  • rate this
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    Comment number 159.

    151.
    Sydney"so compared to other bid cities, London is reasonably accessible to the majority of GB"

    If you are prepared to tolerate a 3rd world , crowded , dirty , dangerous expensive and unreliable public transport system with pricng that makes mobile phone and energy tariffs look simple , then maybe it is.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 158.

    155:JR - Normal ordinary folks are going to see the Olympics. I am going with my family to both the Olympics and the Paralympics. I spent ages saving just so we could go. The coverage will be on the BBC, it always is and I will watch other events on there. Why be so pessimistic over the event?

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    Comment number 157.

    153.champagne_charlie2

    The stadium is now used by Man City, the velodrome home to world class British Cycling, the swimming/squash and tennis centres went to the community and several local leisure centres were upgraded. Oh and a massive, ongoing, increase in tourism, £500m of investment and 20,000 jobs.




    But will that London be able to equal Manchester's achievements?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 156.

    Will the Olympic torch go past Prince Williams modest new townhouse?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 155.

    I was originally excited about the Olympics, but I had naively imagined that most ordinary folks would get to go see some of it. Now, after the ticketing, I understand that it's just some event happening for a small privileged group far away. Just as if it was in another country anyway! I'll be disappointed if the TV coverage is only on satellite channels too.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 154.

    Gawd, there are some bloomin' miserable people out there!

    Get behind this!, I reckon we'll put on a cracking games. Our Countries (E,W, NI and S) will all benefit from an increase in tourism. Yes it's based in London, but there as some other parts of the Country being used.

    Stop being so negative!!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 153.

    #143 FrankLund

    "E.G. the facilities in Manchester from when that city so successfully played host to games."

    The stadium is now used by Man City, the velodrome home to world class British Cycling, the swimming/squash and tennis centres went to the community and several local leisure centres were upgraded. Oh and a massive, ongoing, increase in tourism, £500m of investment and 20,000 jobs.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 152.

    There must be some deep significance in athletes plodding their way around the UK ahead of the Games, but for the life of me I can't think what it is - I'm suffering Olympics overload already.

    Has every local authority's H & S officer checked the route on his patch, and done a full risk assessment? The dangers of running along with a lighted torch and no protective clothing are immense....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 151.

    To Will Richards comment#136.
    I understand Will, but it is the IOC who awards the Games, and it traditionally awards the Games to a city, not a nation. Thus it was London who bid for the Games, and successfully beat other cities. However, we are fortunate to live in a relatively small nation geographically, so compared to other bid cities, London is reasonably accessible to the majority of GB.

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    Comment number 150.

    "147.
    sam

    Govt Splashes £750,000 On London Olympics Tickets.

    It's all about LONDON the Taxpayer gets ripped off LONDON gets the Proffits."


    To be fair, London is paying the bulk of the costs and very few locals have got any kind of special treatment regarding tickets.

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    Comment number 149.

    145.
    ColinWhinger


    "I go back to the original announcement "The 2012 olympic games are awarded to LONDON" not Great Britain."


    And what could be less British than modern London?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 148.

    These Olympics will soon be over then perhaps these welfare athletes will have to get a proper tax paying job. Perhaps the taxes from these jobs will help to pay towards the huge Olympic bill. There again perhaps not.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 147.

    Govt Splashes £750,000 On London Olympics Tickets.

    It's all about LONDON the Taxpayer gets ripped off LONDON gets the Proffits.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 146.

    Absolutely brilliant, I cant wait to for the torch to pass by my garden wall. Its a joy that it will be seen by 95% of the population. The Olympics are certainly a credit to this country. I cant wait until we host the World Cup next!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 145.

    I go back to the original announcement "The 2012 olympic games are awarded to LONDON" not Great Britain. So they make a gesture of running the flame here, there and everywhere around the sticks, i would expect this government with their attitude to the low paid and pensioners to note where the flame passes and deduct these areas from the old folks winter fuel allowance.

 

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