2012 Olympics torch route announced

Details of the route the Olympic torch will take in London have been released.

The date for your diary is Saturday July 21 when the torch which weighs just 800g will be taken through Hackney.

However the exact route is not yet being released for security and commercial reasons.

On the same day the torch will be carried through Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and will arrive at Waltham Forest for an evening celebration.

What is known however is that the torch will arrive at the iconic landmark of the Tower of London the day before and will spend the night there.

The golden triangular torch has been created by Shoreditch based designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers during its journey through the UK.

The names of the torchbearers wil lbe announced next February.

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The London organisers of the games, LOCOG, said the torch will be within an hour’s journey of more than 95 per cent of the UK’s population.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “I’m delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay will take the Olympic Flame into every London Borough and shine a light on the capital’s people and places. Londoners are invited to plan their welcome as they now know which day the Flame is coming to them on its final journey towards the Olympic Stadium and the Opening Ceremony.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The Torch Relay route will bring the greatest show on earth right to the doorstep of every Londoner. As it winds its way through each borough, the torch will pass by not just London’s iconic landmarks, but through the heart of communities right across the city, giving everyone the chance to embrace the most exciting summer in the capital’s history.”

As part of the build up to the Olympics LOGOC has also launched more schemes to get the public involved.

The ‘Local Leaders’ initiative invites to plan their own celebrations during the Games.

Visit www.london2012.com/localleaders for ideas and details about receiving free London 2012 event materials.

There’s also the ‘Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay’ education resource for schools to create lessons based on the Olympic torch and its history.