Olympic torch on our doorstep

Picture of the Olympic torchThe Olympic flame will be travelling through the county in the final build up to the London Games, it has been announced.

London 2012 has confirmed that there will be two evening celebrations at Dover and Maidstone as part of the flame's 70-day, 8,000 mile tour of the UK.

The flame will begin its journey at Olympia in Greece, where it is lit using the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera.

It will arrive at Land's End in Cornwall on 18 May 2012 before wending its way through the South West and West of England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the North and Eastern England, and the South Coast.

It will travel from Hastings to Dover on Wednesday, 18 July, and from Dover to Maidstone on Thursday, 19 July. From Maidstone it will head to Surrey and then into London, ready to arrive at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for the opening ceremony on Friday, 27 July 2012.

As part of the evenign celebration events in Dover and Maidstone, LOCOG and the partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day's proceedings.

Picture of the lighting of the Olympic torch in OlympiaDetails of the route that the flame will take between the evening celebration locations have not yet been finalised.

Robin Cooper, Medway Council's director of Regeneration, Communities and Culture, said: "It's very exciting that the torch relay has been announced, and we hope everyone in Medway will join in the celebration and make their nominations for torchbearers. 

"The route that the torch will take between the overnight celebrations is yet to be announced, so we are hopeful that it will come through Medway on its historic journey to the London Games."
 
A public nomination process will be used to select the majority of the 8,000 torch bearers who will carry the Olympic flame around Britain.

For more information visit the Torch Relay section of the London 2012 website www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay

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