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What is the Torch Relay?
The torch relay of modern times transports the flame from Greece to the various designated sites of the games will give people across the UK the chance to be involved in the countdown to the start of the London 2012 Games.Where is it taking place?
The Olympic Torch Relay will help shine a light on the whole of the UK – from dynamic urban areas to places of outstanding natural beauty. Torchbearers will carry the Flame through more than 1000 cities; towns and villages in the UK. The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK; Isle of Man; Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture; breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas.When is it taking place?
The relay will start on May 19th at Land’s End and finish 70 days; over 1000 communities and 8000 torchbearers later in the London 2012 Olympic stadium on 27th July.Carrying the Flame
8000 people will carry the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay. Their personal stories will have the power to inspire millions of people watching around the world.Spreading the excitement of London 2012
Lit in Greece; the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK on 18 May 2012. Representing peace; unity and friendship; as it makes its way across the UK on a 70-day journey it will bring the excitement of the Games to everyone.The Olympic Torch
The London 2012 Olympic Torch features 8000 small cut-out circles; representing the 8000 inspirational people who will carry it on its journey around the UK.Design: an inspirational 8000
The Torch is made up of an inner and an outer aluminum alloy skin; held in place by a cast top piece and base; perforated by 8000 circles. The circles represent the inspirational stories of the 8000 Torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame.Shape: the power of '3'
The triangular-shaped Torch was inspired by a series of 'threes' that are found in the history of the Olympic Games and the vision for the Olympic Movement:
The gold colour embraces the qualities of the Olympic Flame – the brightness and the warmth of the light that it shines.
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