David Haye Launches The Olympic Torch ‘Moment to Shine’ nomination process

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The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End on 19th May next year with the 70-day route covering 74 locations across the UK before finally arriving at the Olympic Stadium, it has been revealed.

The route, which covers every nation and region in the UK and includes island visits, will see the Olympic torch travel 8,000 miles.

A search for 8,000 ‘inspirational torchbearers’ will begin this week, the London Olympics’ organisers said who will publicise further route details later this year.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) said the Olympic Flame would come within a one-hour journey of 95% of people in the UK.

The torch will leave Land’s End, Cornwall, on the morning of Saturday 19th May 2012 – the day after it arrives in the UK from Greece.

During the 70-day torch relay, it is expected to pass through towns and cities including Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Dover.

The 2012 torch – which is being created by east London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and is due to be unveiled in June – will travel for about 12 hours a day, arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

LOCOG said the route would also include six island visits – to the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.

Meanwhile, the feasibility of taking the Olympic Flame on a short visit to Dublin is still being explored.

Thousands of people are expected to celebrate along the route, with shows and concerts planned on 66 of the 70 days.

‘It’s a 70-day journey of celebration,’ said Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG.

‘I think the thing we have learned from other relays is it’s releasing that creativity, the excitement, in people’s backyards. I have seen that from relays around the world and I really do want to replicate that.

‘The stopovers at night, there will be a party atmosphere, there will be stageshows, there will be the opportunity to showcase local talent.

‘Then of course later on this morning we are going to start talking about the nomination process as well, because we want that to inspire young people but we want local communities to be inspired by young people.’

The 2012 torch’s designers, Barber and Osgerby, won a competitive tender launched last year for the torch design role. They are also working on designs around the Paralympic torch relay.

For the modern Olympic Games, the flame is lit in Olympia from the sun’s rays using a parabolic mirror and then taken on a relay around Greece.

Unlike some previous relays, the 2012 torch will not go round the world. At the end of the Greek tour, the flame will be taken straight to the UK.


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