Details of London 2012 Olympic Torch relay revealed

PUBLISHED: 09:45 18 May 2011

The Olympic torch will be welcomed into London by the borough of Tower Hamlets

The Olympic torch will be welcomed into London by the borough of Tower Hamlets


The Olympic Torch will begin its journey to Stratford’s Olympic Stadium from Land’s End, it was announced today.

The iconic flame, which will arrive in the UK in exactly a year’s time, is then set to make an 8,000-mile journey across the country.

It will arrive at the Games site on July 27, having visited dozens of towns and cities, including Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow.

The flame will also pass through all the London boroughs, starting with Tower Hamlets on July 20.

More details of the route will be announced later this year.

Organisers today launched a search for an army of 8,000 so-called “inspirational torchbearers” to carry the flame on its journey.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson said: “The Olympic Torch Relay brings London 2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the London Games.

“It’s a magnificent showcase for the country and a chance to mark the achievements of inspirational people in our communities.”

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