London 2012 reveals communities on Olympic Torch Relay route and invites the UK to welcome the Olympic Flame next summer
• Over 95% of the population will be within 10 miles of the Olympic Flame
• Over 1,000 communities will have Torchbearers carrying the Olympic Flame through their streets
• Every county in England and every Local Authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to welcome the Olympic Flame
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today confirmed all the communities through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
The announcement of the 1,018 villages, towns and cities on the 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.
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region to devise the route. Not only does the route include villages, town and cities, the Olympic Torch Relay will also take in hundreds of landmarks; from the famous to the unexpected; natural to the man-made; historical to the modern and will showcase and celebrate the diversity of the UK. By visiting different communities the Olympic Flame will connect the people of the UK to the Olympic Games, its values and its spirit.
LOCOG has also announced a selection of the modes of transport by which the Olympic Flame will be carried along sections of the route and hinted at some of the exciting challenges that the Olympic Flame and some of the Torchbearers who carry it will face along the way.
Travelling by different methods of transport including horseback, bicycle, tram and steam-train, the Olympic Torch Relay will also include exciting moments with extreme heights, high speeds and breath-taking spectacles. Every county in England and every Local Authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will host the Olympic Flame, with welcomes reaching as far north as Lerwick in Scotland to St Helier in the south, Lowestoft in the east and Enniskillen in the west. Well known landmarks including Snowdon, Stormont, Loch Ness and Stonehenge will be visited by the Olympic Flame. Many thousands of people are expected to welcome the Olympic Flame along the route each day and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers in parks, squares and streets right around the UK.
A list of the UK wide host communities announced today is available to download from here
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