The Olympic Flame will be carried by 8,000 Torchbearers around the UK when the 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay starts in May 2012.
The Olympic Torch has been a part of the modern Olympic Games ever since the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.
But it was in 1936 at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany that the torch relay first started when a lit torch was carried from Olympia to the site of the Olympic Games through seven countries - Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany - a total journey of more than 3,000 km.
And that tradition is continuing with...
The 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay will take place in the UK from 19 May to 27 July 2012.
The torch relay follows the same procedure at every Olympic Games.
The Olympic Flame is lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a ceremony in the ruins of the home of the Ancient Games.
And after a short journey around Greece, the Olympic Flame is then handed over to the host city - in this case, London.
The Olympic Flame will then travel around the UK for 70 days, passing from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship as it makes its way to the Olympic stadium in time for the opening ceremony.
And in November 2011 there was an important...
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced that...
The Olympic Flame will be lit in Olympia in Greece in May 2012 and will arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012 on board a British Airways aircraft.
So where will it be going?
Although the street by street detail of the route will not be confirmed until 2012, LOCOG has worked closely with local representatives in each area of the UK to devise the route.
The Olympic Flame will reach as far north as Lerwick in Scotland, St Helier, Jersey in the south, Lowestoft in the east and Enniskillen, Northern Ireland in the west.
And not only does the route include villages, town and cities, but the 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay will also take in hundreds of UK landmarks such as Snowdon, Stormont, Loch Ness and Stonehenge.
The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land's End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012 and will then travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK.
8,000 Torchbearers, each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community, will carry the Olympic Flame for approx 300 metres and thousands of people are expected to welcome the Olympic Flame along the route each day.
Many towns will be having special events.
On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG's intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Flame is put out on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.
So what have people been saying?
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said:
"I'm delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay will take the 2012 Games to almost every corner of the UK and that we have achieved our ambition to take the Flame to within an hour's journey of 95% of the population.
Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion. The Olympic Games are coming to you as the Olympic Flame gives our people and places their moment to shine."
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said:
"When the Olympic Flame arrives here in the UK on 18 May next year it will mark the final countdown to the greatest sporting event the country will host in our lifetime. The Olympic Torch Relay will be an amazing opportunity for people to see the Olympic Flame in their own towns and communities.
The Flame's journey is steeped in the rich history of the Olympic Games, travelling from Athens then right around the UK. I encourage everyone to get out and take part in the excitement of the Torch Relay as it comes through their town."
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