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07 Nov 2011
LONDON 2012: TORCH RELAY HEADING FOR 1,000 PLACES

The London 2012 Olympic torch will fly by zip wire from the Tyne Bridge, ascend Snowdon by rail and cross Loch Ness during its journey around the UK.

The relay will visit UK landmarks like the Giant's Causeway and Stonehenge.

London Games organisers Locog have set out the 1,018 places the torch will pass through when it is carried around the UK from 19 May to 27 July 2012.

On the last day of the 70-day relay it will travel down the River Thames to Olympic Park for the opening ceremony.

During the 10-week relay, the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers.

The flame, in the torch or Olympic lanterns, will also be transported by more novel methods including boat, bicycle, tram and train.


The flame will:

    Ride in an Isle of Man TT sidecar
    Take the chair lift at the Needles, Isle of Wight
    Float in a rainforest balloon at the Eden Project
    Brave the white water rapids at Lee Valley
    Take a trip on the Flying Scotsman, the Manx electric railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
    Abseil down the Dock Tower in Grimsby
    Take a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) across Lough Neagh and Loch Ness
    Ride a Ceredigion Cobb Horse in Aberaeron
    Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on a boat
    Travel on a tram and a canal boat at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley
    Take a steamer across Windermere
    Skate at the National Ice Centre
    Ride the Heights of Abraham Cable Car in Matlock
    Try Paralympic cycling at Brands Hatch
    Travel in a rowing boat at Henley on Thames and on the River Bann

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said the zip-wiring torch moment planned for 15 June was a thrilling opportunity for the city to be part of Olympic history and to inspire young people.


"There could be no more poignant backdrop for the flame than the Tyne Bridge, an enduring symbol of our people and our region," he said.

The flame will go to Snowdon on 29 May. Alun Gruffydd, of Snowdonia National Park Authority, said it was most fitting that the torch would reach the summit of Wales' most iconic landmark.

"The Snowdonia landscape is here for everybody to enjoy and it is hoped that the 2012 Olympics will inspire people to keep active and experience our breathtaking countryside," he said.

Peter Carson, head of Stonehenge, where the torch will appear early on 12 July, said it was particularly relevant for the torch to visit the site as during London's bid for the Olympic Games it played a part in showing the UK's history and culture.

"We're delighted that having been part of this for the past seven years, the torch will come and visit us," he said.
Four corners

The torch will travel about 8,000 miles and, Locog says, come within 10 miles of 95% of the population. It will go through every English county and every local authority area in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.


Source: bbc.co.uk

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