17th June 2011
After much anticipation around London and the whole of the UK, the design for the London 2012 Olympic torch and details of a 70-day Olympic torch relay have finally been revealed this month at St Pancras Station London.
The torch designed by London based Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and made from aluminium alloy will carry the Olympic flame to the opening ceremony and will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers, many of whom could be students from schools and colleges from all around the UK.
A search for 8,000 "inspirational torchbearers" has now been launched, half of whom will be aged 12-24. It seems Olympic fever is taking hold of the UK, and Adaptable Travel have reported a marked increase in the number of school trips to London, with schools increasingly adding a visit to the Olympic Park as part of their school trip.
The Olympic fever is set to grow, after the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said the Olympic flame would come within a one-hour journey of 95% of people in the UK and thousands of students are expected to celebrate along the route, with shows and concerts planned on 66 of the 70 days.
The Olympic torch will leave Land's End, Cornwall, on the morning of Saturday 19 May 2012 and will pass through towns and cities including Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Dover during the 70 day torch relay.
London 2012 chiefs say the aim for the torch and the 70 day relay is to visit different communities and cultures and encourage people throughout the UK to embrace the Games.
It will also be used to showcase Britain's towns, areas of outstanding natural beauty and sporting and cultural landmarks.
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