Olympics 2012 Torch Relay – North East of England Guide
It’s real, the Olympics 2012 is almost here in The North East of England and the Olympic Torch Relay has already begun!
The torch was lit in Greece and the Olympic Flame arrived in the UK on the 18th May 2012 (I even sacrificed sleep to witness this historic moment)
- The Flame will travel through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK
- Olympic torch relay will last 70 days
- The flame stands for peace, unity and friendship.
- It will be carried by 8,000 truly inspirational Torchbearers.
- The flame is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the Ancient Games.
- The flame ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games. The Flame then stays lit until it is put out at the Closing Ceremony, signifying the end of the Games.
Dates, Routes and North East TorchBearers
14th – 20th June 2012
Thursday 14 June – Day 27: Berwick to Alnwick
Friday 15 June – Day 28: Alnwick to Newcastle
Saturday 16 June – Day 29: Gateshead to Durham
Sunday 17 June – Day 30: Durham to Middlesbrough
Monday 18 June – Day 31: Middlesbrough to Loftus
Wednesday 20 June – Day 33: York to Carlisle
The North East Flame Celebration will take place on Friday 24 August at Beamish, in County Durham, from 5pm to 8pm. The celebration will host the Flame and showcase disability sport projects from every local authority in the North East. Read more.