The Olympics torch flame has begun the big relay from Lands End Saturday May 19 and will pass through towns and villages throughout the UK.
London 2012 Olympic Games torch has been described as a ‘cheese grater’. It was created by East London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
As well as touring the United Kingdom the schedule includes the three crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and isle of Man and also the Republic of Ireland.
The torch relay for the Olympics lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations. About 8,000 people carried the torch a total distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 km), starting from Lands End in Cornwall. A wide range of people carried the torch around the country, mostly sports men and women, military figures and other local heroes from towns and cities across the nation. A number of celebrities also held the flame on its journey, including Dr Who star Matt Smith.
The torch had a day outside of the United Kingdom in Dublin on 6 June, The relay focused on national heritage sites, locations with sporting significance, key sporting events, schools registered with the Get Set School Network, green spaces, biodiversity, ‘Live Sites’ (locations with large screens), local festivals, and other events
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