BBC Radio Wales follows the Olympic Torch Relay

Kyle Thompson, 16, was picked to light the cauldron at Aberystwyth's Vicarage Fields

Last updated: 15 May 2012

Listen to our highlights package looking back at the Torch in Wales

The Olympic flame reached Wales in its epic journey around the UK on Friday, May 25. BBC Radio Wales has been following it every step of the way with an unprecedented series of outside broadcasts, bringing all the excitement of the relay to listeners.

By the end of its journey in Wales, BBC Radio Wales had staged 27 live programmes from along the route, including evening programme specials from the Olympic Concerts in Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor.

Friday May 25th: The Torch Enters Wales

Torch Relay website: this day in detail
BBC News: Torch Relay Day 7 in pictures

Louise Elliott and Jamie OwenJamie and Louise were live from Monmouth Shire Hall as the torch crosses into Wales (at around 1035, approx 1hr 35 mins into the programme) and heads down the main street of Monmouth after 11. You can see some of the pictures from the show on Louise's Twitter photo album.

The Torch leaves BlaenavonJason Mohammad took your calls live at the Big Pit museum at Blaenavon, as the Torch made its way further west. It arrived at Big Pit for its lunch break at 1.10 PM (approx 1 hour 10 mins into the show).



Roy was live at the city's Riverfront Theatre as the Olympic Flame reached Newport, arriving at around 3.50 PM (1 hour 50 mins in), and staying in the city for much of the following hour.
Photos from the show on Roy's Facebook page

Good Evening Wales was live from Coopers Field in Cardiff City centre, the venue hosting the first of Wales' Olympic Torch evening concerts. Peter Johnson and Sarah Dickins brought us all the atmosphere of the occasion as the torch entered the city. The torch entered Cardiff at 5.30 PM (30 minutes into the programme), with Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton carrying the torch just before 7 PM. The torch was taken into Coopers Field at 7.15 PM, ready for the Evening Concert - from which Fran Donovan was broadcasting live on Radio Wales, joined by special guests to reflect on the day.

Saturday 26 May: Cardiff to Swansea

Torch Relay website: this day in detail
BBC News: Day 8 in pictures

As things got off to a very early start in Cardiff with Doctor Who himself (actor Matt Smith) getting the relay started (see pics on this link), Peter Johnson was joined by the crowds in Barry Island ahead of the Torch's arrival there (approx 7.15 AM, 15 mins into the programme).

Owen MoneyExtraordinary scenes as an estimated 25,000 people packed the streets in the town, as Owen mingled with the crowds and chatted with special guests - including Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave. Steve was on-hand to commentate on the Flame's passing with Owen, at approximately 10.10 AM (1 hour 10 mins in).

Chris Corcoran and Ben Partridge took the reigns at 11AM, live from Cyfartha Castle in Merthyr, and following the relay's break for lunch we headed to Margam for three hours in the company of Mal Pope and special guests, as Neath-Port Talbot waited for the torch's arrival.

Wrapping things up once again, Fran Donovan chatted to special guests and mingled with the crowds at Singleton Park in Swansea as the flame arrived for its overnight stop and another evening concert. The torch arrived in Swansea just before 6 PM (one hour into the programme), and reached Singleton Park at 7 PM (two hours into the show).

Sunday 27 May: Swansea to Aberystwyth

Torch Relay website: This day in detail
BBC News: Day 9 in pictures

The relay convoy started early from Swansea and made its way west through Llanelli, Burry Port, Kidwelly, Carmarthen and on to Haverfordwest, as it made its way towards Cardigan Bay. In the Pembrokeshire county town Owen chatted to guests on Castle Square as the crowds built, cheering on torchbearer Adam Goy - who's been on the show shortly beforehand - as he carried the flame along the high street at 1240 (two hours and 10 minutes ino the programme).

Mal Pope was live from Cardigan from 1 PM, mingling with the crowds ahead of the Torch's arrival at 3.40 approximately (two hours 40 minutes into the show), having called in at Fishguard previously and a run up the west Wales coast to Aberaeron to follow.

The Olympic Torch in Wales: Aberystwyth Concert
Having been on an Aberaeron cobb, the torch made its way north to Aberystwyth, arriving at the Vicarage Fields for the evening concert at 7 PM - the final torchbearer who lit the cauldron being Kyle Johnson (pictured at top of the page).

Monday 28 May: Aberystwyth to Bangor

Torch Relay website - this day in detail
BBC News: Day 10 in pictures

Oli HidesGood Morning Wales
Oliver Hides, who comes from nearby Clarach, got things started for Radio Wales as the torch traveled along Aberystwyth's streets. We weren't the only radio station in town though - Radio 1's Chris Moyles was also broadcasting from Aberystwyth, and took a turn as one of the torchbearers which he described as a "massive honour."

As the torch headed northwest from Aberystwyth to Machynlleth and on to Gwynedd, Louise Elliott brought us the show live from Blaenau Ffestniog, home to the famous railway. In her second flame-spotting show, Louise and the crowds greeted the arrival of the torch just before midday.


Following the torch's rail journey Sian Pari Huws on the Radio Wales Phone-In welcomed the flame to Porthmadog just after 1.10 PM (one hour and ten minutes into the show).

Roy Noble in Caernarfon
Roy brought us the show in next to the ramparts of the mighty Caernarfon castle, chatting to guests and bringing us the atmosphere ahead of the torch's arrival just after 4.30 PM (two and a half hours into the show).
Photos on Roy's Facebook page

Good Evening Wales brought us the latest updates as the Torch made its way to the Faenol estate, its final stop for the day. It arrived at 6.40 PM (one hour and forty minutes into the programme), with Bryn Terfel taking the last torchbearing slot of the day, to light the cauldron. Fran Donovan then looked back at the highlights of the day from 7 PM as the last evening concert in Wales got underway.

Tuesday 29 May: Beaumaris to Chester

Torch Relay website - this day in detail
BBC News: Day 11 in pictures

Good Morning Wales in Beaumaris
For the fifth day of the torch relay in WalesOliver Hides was live from the Antelope Pub by the Menai Straits in Good Morning Wales from 6 AM.

Louise Elliott and Sian Pari Huws on Snowdon
From 9 AM Louise Elliott was live from the Snowdon Mountain Railway ahead of the flame taking a trip up Mount Snowdon, with Sian Pari Huws broadcasting live from the summit as Sir Chris Bonnington brought the flame to the top.

The Radio Wales Phone-In in Colwyn Bay
Jason Mohammad broadcast live the Radio Wales Phone-In from Erias Park in Colwyn Bay as the torch made a triumphant entrance to the new sports stadium.

Roy Noble in Connah's Quay
From 2PM Roy Noble was live in Connah's Quay in Flintshire as the torch reached the town.


Wednesday 30 May: The Torch leaves Wales

Torch Relay website - this day in detail
BBC News: Day 12 in pictures

Good Morning Wales in Wrexham
After spending Tuesday evening in Chester, the torch took a detour back into Wales on Wednesday as Oliver Hides presented Good Morning Wales live from Guildhall Green in Wrexham.

Jamie and Louise in Wrexham
From 9 AM Jamie Owen and Louise Elliott were live at the Pinewood Café to oversee events in Welshpool as the Olympic Torch took its final journey through Wales, before crossing the border.

Torch Relay in Wales: The Route in detail

BBC Torch Relay website: route, live video & information

May 26: The Torch arrives in Wales - Worcester to Cardiff road route pdf

May 27: Cardiff to Swansea - Road route via Treorchy & Pyle

May 28: Swansea to Aberystwyth - Road route via Llanelli, Fishguard & Cardigan

May 28: Aberystwyth to Bangor - - Road route via Dolgellau, Pwllheli, Blaenau Ffestiniog

May 29: Beaumaris to Chester - Road route via Llandudno and Rhyl

Chester to Stoke via Wrexham and Welshpool - Road route map

Traffic and travel: Information and links

As you'd expect, the lead-up to the Torch passing through the cities, towns and villages of Wales will cause some disruption to the road networks. As always we'll keep you abreast of where any delays are on-air with our Traffic and Travel updates from Traffic Link. You'll also find regularly updated travel information for Wales on the BBC Travel News website (links below) and information on how the route will affect your journey on the relevant county council website for your area.

BBC Travel News

South-east Wales
South-west Wales
Mid & west Wales
North-west Wales
North-east Wales

County council websites

This list of links will be updated as the council websites launch their own Torch relay or similar travel information page(s).


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