Torch travels the UK
- Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Olympic Flame was handed over to London 2012 during a ceremony at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.
The ceremony concluded the eight-day relay route around Greece which included a tour of Athens and an overnight stop for the Flame inside the Parthenon on the Acropolis.
Find out more: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/2012/05/17/olympic-torch-reaches-uk/
- Friday, May 18, 2012
The torch arrived in a British Airways plane named 'the Firefly'.
Speaking as he prepared to welcome the arrival of the Olympic Flame in the UK, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“The arrival of the Torch marks the start of the final countdown to the Games. The whole of the country is ready, eager and waiting to welcome the world to the UK for a summer of sporting and cultural celebration like no other. This is Britain’s moment to shine.”
- Saturday, May 19, 2012
Lands EndSennen, Cornwall TR19 7AA, United Kingdom | 0871 720 0044The flame began its 8,000 mile journey around the UK at Lands End, after being escorted by 771 Naval Air Squadron in a Sea King Helicopter.
Michael Lapage, a rowing silver medallist at the 1948 London Games, carried the torch for 300m between St Stephen and St Austell.
Watch his 1948 team's performance:
- Sunday, May 20, 2012
- Wednesday, May 23, 2012
As the Olympic Torch progressed through the South West of England, Tourism Minister John Penrose expressed his pride in the role that the region is playing in supporting London 2012.
“Since we won the bid, the South West has made a great contribution to the Games. And it’s not just about the Torch celebrations – whether it’s hosting training camps, staging amazing community events, or bringing the Olympic spirit into our schools, the region is taking London 2012 to its heart.”
You can find out more about the South West's contribution to the Games here: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/regions/south-west/
Find out more: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/2012/05/23/south-west-london-2012/
The torch passed over the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol on May 23. Take a look at a video of fireworks going off to mark the occasion: &feature=player_embedded
- Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tourism Minister John Penrose joined local schoolchildren in celebrating the Olympic Torch today as it traveled from Bewdley to Kidderminster along the Severn Valley steam railway.
Thousands of people turned out to greet the flame as it passed through 19 local communities, carried by 95 Torchbearers between Gloucester and Worcester on day 6 of the Torch Relay.
The flame was carried on the footplate of the Worcestershire Express locomotive, passing through the West Midland Safari Park as part of its 8,000 mile journey around the UK.
- Friday, May 25, 2012
Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan attended a torch relay reception at the Shire Hall in Monmouth, to mark the flame’s six-day journey through Wales.
Hazel Cave-Brown-Cave, 44 from Raglan was nominated to carry the torch by her sister. Hazel is a seasoned runner who regularly runs marathons to raise money for Bobath Cymru.
Find out more: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/2012/05/25/welsh-secretary-signals-wales-moment-to-shine/
- Saturday, June 2, 2012
George Best Belfast City AirportBelfast BT3 9JH, United Kingdom | 028 9093 9093“The next few days are Northern Ireland’s moment to shine, said Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as the torch arrived at George Best Airport in Belfast.
“The people of Northern Ireland have always shown tremendous support for London 2012. The Torch is touring all over Northern Ireland and it’s our chance to demonstrate that this truly is a Games for the whole of the UK.
Companies in Northern Ireland have won London 2012 contracts worth over £40 million – from building the Central Park Bridge on the Olympic Park to supplying metal for the Olympic Stadium.
Find out more: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/background/northern-ireland-briefing/
- Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Giant's Causeway44a Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8SU, United Kingdom | 028 2073 1855The Olympic flame visited the furthest point of the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim and crossed the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on Day 17 of the torch relay.
- Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Torch arrived in Scotland to be met by Scotland Office Minister David Mundell, Shona Robison, the Scottish Government Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown and members of Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The route began here in Stranraer on 7 June and includes 120 communities and several iconic landmarks, such as the Robert Burns Museum, St Andrews Golf Club and the Forth Bridge whilst also travelling across Loch Ness and heading to Lerwick in Shetland.
- Friday, June 8, 2012
Actor James McAvoy was one the torchbearers in his native Glasgow on Day 21 of the Torch Relay. The city recently unveiled a set of giant Olympic rings and is gearing up as host for eight Olympic Games football tournament matches. An open-air concert in George Square celebrated the arrival of the torch.
- Thursday, June 14, 2012
The flame ended its tour of Scotland in Edinburgh on 14 June but will leave a lasting legacy.
During its eight day tour, the Olympic Flame was carried by more than 700 Torchbearers through more than 120 towns and over 400,000 people turned out to see it.
More than 100 Scottish companies have secured tens of millions of pounds of contracts and 25 have been directly involved in building the park, including supplying utilities for the Olympic Stadium, helping to build the Basketball Arena and providing aggregate for the Aquatics Centre. Many more Scottish firms have picked up other Olympic-related contracts – from producing official Games merchandise to providing temporary power across many of the Games venues.
Find out more: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/2012/06/14/secretary-of-state-thanks-scotland-torch-relay/
- Friday, June 15, 2012
The Torch begins its journey through the North East in Berwick-on-Tweed on 14 June and will leave the region on 18 June, with evening celebrations to mark its arrival in Alnwick, Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough.
The route will visit 62 villages, towns and cities including several iconic landmarks, such as the Angel of the North, Hadrian’s Wall and the Stadium of Light, whilst also travelling by zip wire from the Tyne Bridge.
Adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls carried the torch in an unusual way - travelling 400 metres by zip wire from the Tyne Bridge, over the River Tyne into the parade ground of HMS Calliope, the Royal Navy's riverside training centre. He managed to complete the slide at high speed, without the flame going out.
Find out more about the Tyne Bridge rings: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/2012/06/13/giant-olympic-rings-tyne-bridge/
The final torchbearer of the day was William Hardy - a disabled athlete, who loves cricket and swimming. Will lit the cauldron in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the end of the day's relay.
- Saturday, June 16, 2012
Another new way to travel for the Torch, as it's carried by Richard Jackson, who abseils down the Sage building in Gateshead.
The day's relay includes a trip into Gateshead International Stadium, across the Great North Run finish line - with its founder and presenter, former GB athlete Brendan Foster, and legendary Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie - and into the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, held by Steve Cram.
- Monday, June 18, 2012
The big story on Day 31 of the Torch Relay was torchbearer David State's proposal to girlfriend Christine Langham. She said yes and David continued his leg of the relay!
David was nominated to run because of his work with the Scout movement and in charity fundraising.
The Torch finished the day in Hull, where Amy Hopkin carried the flame into the evening celebration and lit the cauldron. Amy, who has Down's Syndrome, travels the world as part of the British gymnastics display team.
- Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The train used for the leg of the journey between York and Thirsk is the Scots Guardsman, which was built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow.
The train is one of only two remaining LMS Royal Scot Class locomotives, and it was featured in the 1936 film Night Mail.
- Thursday, June 21, 2012
Day 34 of the relay culminated in an amazing display of sound and light at the Lakes Alive fireworks display above Windermere. The celebration kicked off the London 2012 Festival during which over 12,000 events will take place around the country all summer. Find out what's happening and when in your area: http://www.festival.london2012.com/
- Friday, June 22, 2012
From Kendal to Blackpool, today marked the halfway point of the Torch relay.
The flame visited Kendal Castle; travelled through Carnforth station - used as a set for the David Lean film Brief Encounter; went to Morecambe, where it was carried to the statue of comedian Eric Morecambe; took a trip on a tram; and ended the day being danced around Blackpool Tower's famous ballroom by McFly drummer Harry Judd, with his Strictly Come Dancing partner Aliona Vilani.
Watch a video of the day's action, including Harry and Aliona lighting the cauldron: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18560366
- Monday, June 25, 2012
From a start in Leeds, carried through the County Arcade, to a finish in Sheffield, held aloft by Olympic gold medal winner and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe.
Find out how the Torch is protected, whatever the weather: http://www.london2012.com/news/behindthescenes/articles/protecting-the-flame-whatever-the-weather.html
- Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A torchbearer abseiled with the flame down the iconic Dock Tower in Grimsby at the start of day 40 of the Olympic torch relay.
Alan Ellinson, 55, of Stockport, has raised more than £12m for charity through abseiling and zip wire events. There was an equally spectacular close to the day as the Red Arrows staged an evening flypast over Lincoln.
The journey from Grimsby to Lincoln also marked a month to the opening ceremony of the London Games. The 112-mile leg of the relay involved 137 torchbearers and included stops in the seaside towns of Mablethorpe and Skegness as well as Boston and Sleaford. They lined the streets, the prom and thousands more had assembled in the Meridian Showground to see the cauldron lit on stage during the entertainment.
- Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The first Torchbearer of the day was Dorothy Fraser, 75, who was nominated by the City of Lincoln Council.
Dorothy carried the Flame through Minster Yard, next to Lincoln Cathedral. Dorothy has been nominated for her inspirational contribution to sport which includes holding every record for sprinting within the Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club.
The day was also marked by a Red Arrows' flypast at Yarborough Sports Ground, Lincoln, you can see the video below on YouTube.
- Thursday, June 28, 2012
Torchbearer Laura Graves, 16, Grantham, carried the Flame to Major Oak in Nottingham’s Sherwood Forest, an oak tree which is between 800 and 1,000 years old.
Twenty young people selected through the LOCOG International Inspiration programme ran in two teams of ten in Radcliffe on Trent and Nottingham. One Torchbearer was selected from each of the 20 countries which are part of the programme, from Azerbaijan to Zambia.
International Inspiration is London 2012’s international sports legacy programme. It is integral to the UK Government’s delivery of the ‘Singapore Promise’ to inspire a generation of young people in Britain and internationally through sport.
It is supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), the British Council, the English Premier League, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and UNICEF. Find out more: http://www.london2012.com/join-in/education/international-inspiration/index.html
The last Torchbearers of the day were former figure-skating Olympic champions Torvill and Dean who took to the ice at Nottingham Ice Arena to perform a specially choreographed routine with the Torch in hand.
- Friday, June 29, 2012
- Saturday, June 30, 2012
War hero Corporal Johnson Beharry carried the torch to the Armed Forces Memorial which bears the names of 16,000 fallen servicemen and women.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2005 for saving the lives of his unit in Iraq by charging down an ambush.
Find out more about Armed Forces day here: http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/
Sir Cliff Richard and band The Wanted were among the other torchbearers as the relay travels from Derby to Birmingham.
- Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Today the Olympic Flame arrived in Norwich as part of its six-day journey through the East of England.
Over the course of its journey, the Flame will visit a total of 63 communities over seven days including two Olympic venues – Canoe Slalom at Lee Valley White Water Centre, Broxbourne, Herts and Cycling (Mountain Bike) at Hadleigh in Essex.
Whilst in the region it will also visit Colchester Castle and Southwold Beach, and even test out an Olympic venue as it shoots along the white water rapids for the canoe event in Broxbourne.
Read more about the East of England London 2012: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/background/east-england-briefing/
- Monday, July 9, 2012
Today the Olympic Flame will arrive in Milton Keynes as part of its ten-day journey through the South East of England.
Whilst in the region the Olympic Flame will travel by rowing boat along the Thames at Henley, by chair lift on the Needle in the Isle of White and by Paralympic cycle at Brands Hatch as well as key attractions including Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes and Battle Abbey in East Sussex.
Read more about the South East in our South East briefing: http://goc2012.culture.gov.uk/background/south-east-briefing/
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
StonehengeAbbey Square, Amesbury, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7ES, United Kingdom | 0870 333 1181Michael Johnson, the US Olympic gold medallist and one of the greatest sprinters in history, started the day with the Flame at Stonehenge at sunrise.
He passed the Flame on to Will Copp, 17, from West Overton, who was selected for his determination to succeed in everything he puts his mind to despite suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
- Wednesday, July 18, 2012
- Thursday, July 26, 2012
The torch made its way into central London, making at stop at 10 Downing Street to be welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, and his wife Samantha.
Take a look at a video of its arrival:
- Friday, July 27, 2012
Her Majesty the Queen declared the London 2012 Olympics open, and a crowd of 80,000 watched as seven young British athletes used their torches to light the Olympic Cauldron.
More than a billion people around the world watched the official opening ceremony, which started at 8.12pm - or 20:12 on a digital clock.
Danny Boyle’s spectacular opening ceremony involved more than 15,000 performers, mixing humour with sobriety, heritage with the present day. Highlights including a team of flying Mary Poppins, a royal audience with James Bond, and an appearance by the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Prime Minister David Cameron described the Opening Ceremony as, “a great showcase providing further proof that Britain could deliver.” UK flag bearer Sir Chris Hoy said, I don't think any of us were expecting it to be this good.”
- total distance: 3,435 miles (5.528 km)
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