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    Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay (Andy on 23rd July)

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    The London 2012 Olympic Torch

    The torch was lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece on 10th May, and despite a gust of wind which briefly blew it out, it is now safely heading towards the UK. After travelling across Greece to the Panathenaiko Stadium in Athens, it was handed over to a delegation representing the London 2012 games, who are then flying with the torch to the UK on Friday May 18th. The delegation includes Sebastian Coe, Princess Anne, Boris Johnson and David Beckham.

    Once in the UK, the torch will be carried 8000 miles by 8000 carefully chosen torch-bearers in a 70-day relay which covers much of the country - in fact the Olympic committee have stated that it will pass within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK! The Official London 2012 website has an interactive map where you can enter your postcode to find out where and when the torch will be near you. Wikipedia also has a good map and details of the torch route.

    The relay starts in Land's End, Cornwall on Saturday 19th May, and ends at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London on 27th July. A brief summary of the route is provided below, and further details can be found on the official London 2012 website or on BBC News.

    This page gives a summary of the national landmarks the flame will visit.

    Is anyone planning to go and see the torch pass by?
    If so, we'd love you to tell us all about it, and post some photos!
    Last edited by KnightOwl; 18-05-2012 at 21:09.

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    Flame Spotting

    Follow the route of the London 2012 Olympic Flame

    Day Route Date
    1 Land's End - Plymouth Sat 19th May
    2 Plymouth - Exeter Sun 20th May
    3 Exeter - Taunton Mon 21st May
    4 Taunton - Bristol Tue 22nd May
    5 Bristol - Cheltenham Wed 23rd May
    6 Gloucester - Worcester Thu 24th May
    7 Worcester - Cardiff Fri 25th May
    8 Cardiff - Swansea Sat 26th May
    9 Swansea - Aberystwyth Sun 27th May
    10 Aberystwyth - Bangor Mon 28th May
    11 Beaumaris - Chester Tue 29th May
    12 Chester - Stoke-on-Trent Wed 30th May
    13 Stoke-on-Trent - Bolton Thu 31st May
    14 Bolton - Liverpool Fri 1st Jun
    15 Liverpool - Castletown Sat 2nd Jun
    16 Belfast - Portrush Sun 3rd Jun
    17 Carrick-a-Rede - Londonderry Mon 4th Jun
    18 Londonderry - Newry Tue 5th Jun
    19 Dublin - Belfast Wed 6th Jun
    20 Newcastle (NI) - Moorfields Thu 7th Jun
    21 Stranraer - Glasgow Fri 8th Jun
    22 Glasgow - Inverness Sat 9th Jun
    23 Kirkwall - Lerwick Sun 10th Jun
    24 Stornoway - Aberdeen Mon 11th Jun
    25 Aberdeen - Dundee Tue 12th Jun
    26 St Andrews - Edinburgh Wed 13th Jun
    27 Edinburgh - Alnwick Thu 14th Jun
    28 Alnwick - Newcastle upon Tyne Fri 15th Jun
    29 Gateshead - Durham Sat 16th Jun
    30 Durham - Middlesbrough Sun 17th Jun
    31 Middlesbrough - Hull Mon 18th Jun
    32 Hull - York Tue 19th Jun
    33 York - Carlisle Wed 20th Jun
    34 Dumfries - Bowness-on-Windermere Thu 21st Jun
    35 Kendal to Blackpool Fri 22nd Jun
    36 Lytham St Anne's - Manchester Sat 23rd Jun
    37 Salford - Leeds Sun 24th Jun
    38 Leeds - Sheffield Mon 25th Jun
    39 Sheffield - Cleethorpes Tue 26th Jun
    40 Grimsby - Lincoln Wed 27th Jun
    41 Lincoln - Nottingham Thu 28th Jun
    42 Nottingham - Derby Fri 29th Jun
    43 Derby - Birmingham Sat 30th Jun
    44 Birmingham - Coventry Sun 1st Jul
    45 Coventry - Leicester Mon 2nd Jul
    46 Leicester - Peterborough Tue 3rd Jul
    47 Peterborough - Norwich Wed 4th Jul
    48 Norwich - Ipswich Thu 5th Jul
    49 Ipswich - Chelmsford Fri 6th Jul
    50 Chelmsford - Cambridge Sat 7th Jul
    51 Cambridge - Luton Sun 8th Jul
    52 Luton - Oxford Mon 9th Jul
    53 Oxford - Reading Tue 10th Jul
    54 Reading - Salisbury Wed 11th Jul
    55 Salisbury - Weymouth Thu 12th Jul
    56 Portland Bill - Bournemouth Fri 13th Jul
    57 Bournemouth - Southampton Sat 14th Jul
    58 Southampton - Portsmouth Sun 15th Jul
    59 Portsmouth - Brighton Mon 16th Jul
    60 Brighton - Hastings Tue 17th Jul
    61 Hastings - Dover Wed 18th Jul
    62 Deal - Maidstone Thu 19th Jul
    63 Maidstone - Guildford Fri 20th Jul
    64 Greenwich - Waltham Forest Sat 21st Jul
    65 Redbridge - Bexley Sun 22nd Jul
    66 Lewisham - Wandsworth Mon 23rd Jul
    67 Kingston - Ealing Tue 24th Jul
    68 Harrow - Haringey Wed 25th Jul
    69 Camden - Westminster Thu 26th Jul
    70 Hampton Court - Olympic Stadium Fri 27th Jul

    Last edited by KnightOwl; 26-07-2012 at 11:18.

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    The Olympic Flame has been handed over to the official delegation representing the London 2012 Games. The ceremony took place at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, host of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

    Photo from London2012

    Left to Right: President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos; London Mayor Boris Johnson; HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal; David Beckham; London 2012 chief Lord Sebastian Coe; Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson

    The Olympic Flame will be flown to the UK on Friday 18th May in a specially painted aircraft, the design of which came from the result of a competition entered by students of schools and colleges across the country.

    Photo from London2012

    The aircraft is due to arrive at RNAS Culdrose on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall at 7:30 PM on Friday evening, where there will be a welcoming ceremony.

    Note: images courtesy of the Official London 2012 website.
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    Woke up this morning deciding I wanted to show my support by cheering Andy along when he is the torchbearer on 23 July in Merton.

    Have found in some bumf in The Times that about 110 people will be taking part carrying the torch each day; and that on average, each torchbearer will carry the flame 300 metres [doesn't seem very far to me]
    Add in time and cost of getting there; inevitable transport disruption etc - plus I wonder what the odds of being in the right place at the right time are!....But it would be sooo good to do.

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    ATP Ace! Linda's Avatar
    South Coast

    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    I'll be at work the day it passes near here (it's impossible for me to take Mondays off) so won't see it

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    Wahey! The Olympic flame has landed.

    The BBC is giving good coverage to this here.

    Those little flames have a lot of work to do .........

    Image courtesy the BBCwebsite/PA

    The BBC website has particularly good coverage of everything related to the Olympic flame and is doing a better job than Locog in many respects.

    Here's their interactive map page where you can follow the route of the torch.
    The off-topic queen strikes again ...................

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    The torch passes pretty close to where we live (in fact I think I read somewhere that it passes close to most people's houses), so I reckon we'll pop down there and take a look on the day.

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    Maybe - I think it's about 08:00 in the morning or so - interestingly around 11:00 that same day it will go through Northampton, right past the office that by then I will be working in - I was told they would let us all go out and watch

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    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    Dare say i'll watch plenty of the events when the time comes, but I can't really get excited about all the over-hyped build up.

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    ATP Ace! Linda's Avatar
    South Coast

    Re: Olympics - London 2012 - Olympic Torch Relay

    Not passing anywhere near where I work unfortunately :(

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