The first 74 locations on the 2012 London Olympics torch relay have been confirmed by the organizers on Wednesday. The torch relay will start at Land's End and cover every nation and region in the UK in its 8,000-mile (12,875-km) journey.
After arriving from Greece on May 18, 2012, the torch will leave Land's End, Cornwall, on the next day morning. The relay will continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012, and will pass through places like Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and Dover.
The Olympic flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live, said London 2012 Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe. The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic torch relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) said the relay would come within one-hour journey of 95 percent of the British population. In a day, the flame will travel for 12 hours ending in an evening celebration event.
The 2012 torch, created by east London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, is going to be unveiled in June. It will visit six islands, including the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, the Scottish islands of Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Lewis.