Olympic Torch Relay Announced
The announcement of the 1,018 villages, towns and cities on the
UK route means LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the
Olympic Flame to within an hour's journey time of 95% of the
population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just
10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street
detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
British Airways is a Supporter of the London 2012 Olympic Torch
Relay and the Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18
May 2012 on board one of its aircraft.
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB
and Samsung, will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of
19 May 2012. On leaving Land's End, the Olympic Flame will 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.
On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's
intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames
as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the
lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the
official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000
inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of
personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In
December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a
conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be
confirmed from February 2012 onwards.
People are invited to view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap
to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame
will be carried.