Map of Olympic torch route revealed

News Shopper: Map of Olympic torch route revealed Map of Olympic torch route revealed

A STREET-BY-STREET map of the Olympic torch relay is set to be published.

Proposed start times of when and where the Olympic Flame will travel across Britain are also included - online at london2012.com/olympictorchrelay

London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe declared the event will "bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life" as organisers hope the 8,000-mile relay involving 8,000 torchbearers will be the point when enthusiasm for the Games ignites across the country.

The relay starts at Land’s End on May 19 and is set to reach the News Shopper area two months later.

Details of the two-day finale to the 70-day relay, which brings the Olympic Flame to the lighting of the cauldron to start the Games, are being kept under wraps until closer to the start of the relay.

Around 7,000 people, many of whom are members of the public who have shown community spirit, courage and sporting determination, have been named as torchbearers.

The torch will be taken on a skywalk at Croke Park as it visits Dublin in its only stop outside of the UK.

After protests that marred the international leg of the torch relay before the Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee ruled that future relays would be restricted to the host country.

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The overall route has been designed to also take in cultural institutions such as the Turner Gallery in Margate and Cass Sculpture Park at Goodwood as well as many of sporting stadia and racecourses.

Lord Coe said: "The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate."

The detailed information means that crowds of cheering supporters and onlookers will be able to plan where to be when the flame and its torchbearer pass along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

Lord Coe hopes the different regions will take the chance to make it "a moment to shine".

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9:11am Mon 19 Mar 12

Eagles_Man says...

Whoop. Ee. Do.
Whoop. Ee. Do. Eagles_Man

10:24am Mon 19 Mar 12

ron1952 says...

Lord Coe, 'they' sure sorted him out a nice little earner, set up for life or what. Another one of the chinless wonder set, talks like he has the silver spoon still up his arris.
Lord Coe, 'they' sure sorted him out a nice little earner, set up for life or what. Another one of the chinless wonder set, talks like he has the silver spoon still up his arris. ron1952

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