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The Olympic Torch

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Organisers of the 2012 Olympic Games have released details of the 8,000 mile journey that The Torch will be making.

The Olympic Torch will be travelling by all means of transport around Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the 2012 games; by balloon, canoe and zip wire.

A journey into the community

The Torch will visit 1,000 Cities, towns and villages and will be carried by at least 8,000 torchbearers, who have been selected due to their personal achievements or contributions that they have made to their community.

The Torch will be carried by balloon across Cornwall, along the rapids of Herefordshire via canoe and then transported in the sidecar of a TT motorcycle on the Isle of Man. These three individual journeys are only a few of the different modes of transportation that will be used.

Every county in England and each local authority area in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will play host to the flame. The Torch will visit as far North as Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and as far south as St Helier in Jersey.

The Torch has been specially designed by east Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who won the opportunity to design The Torch through the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Design Council.

The Torch stands at 800mm high with 8,000 circles in it representing the 8,000 Torchbearers, the weight of The Torch has been kept to a minimum to aid over half of the Torchbearers who are young people mostly the age of 12. The colour of The Torch is gold which signifies the brightness and the warmth of the light it shines.

The Olympic flame is to be lit in Greece in May where British Airways will then fly The Torch to Britain. The Torch will begin its journey from Lands End, Cornwall on 19th May 2012.

On the final day, 27th July 2012 it expected that the flame will be taken down the Thames, then on to the Olympic Stadium for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony to signify the official start of the Games.

The Torch should pass through Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday 30th May 2012 with an evening celebration taking place to celebrate The Torch and the Olympics. The following day The Torch will pass through Cobridge, Burslem and Middleport.

Other ways of transporting the torch will be by horseback, bicycle, tram and steam train. The exact route and times of The Torch will be released next year.

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By Amanda Bainbridge