London 2012’s Olympic torch relay will start at Land’s End passing through 74 locations in the UK before arriving in London, organisers have announced.
The route encompasses an 8,000 mile tour of Britain that should come within a one-hour journey for 95 per cent of people in the UK.
After the historic flame arrives from Greece, it will begin it’s 70 day relay on Saturday 19th May in Land’s End, Cornwall. It will then pass through UK towns and cities including: Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Dover.
It will then finally make it’s way past numerous event spaces in London before lighting the Olympic cauldron to symbolise the start of the Games during the opening ceremony.
Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said that the arrival of the torch hails “a 70-day journey of celebration”.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, he said: “The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.”
“The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.”
The origins of the Olympic torch relay date back to ancient Greece, where messengers were scattered across the continent to declare the date of the Games and call for a halt to all war, according to BBC News.