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 Paralympics 2012 flames which will light the Games torch were lit on top of the UK’s four highest mountains as athletes began arriving for the London Games. The atmosphere is getting electric – it won’t be long before the Games will open. Each location has a great welcome waiting for them as excitement grows among the people of the nation.
Four groups of Scouts trekked up Scagell Pike, England’s highest peak, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Snowdon in Wales and Ben Nevis in Scotland. The climbers were made up of disabled and non-disabled volunteers.
At the summit of each mountain they struck a metal against a rough steel surface to make the necessary spark for the Paralympics 2012.
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