Map of Olympic torch route revealed

Torch runners Julia Chilcott and Mel Moore with Maidstone Borough Council's John A Wilson

Torch runners Julia Chilcott and Mel Moore with Maidstone Borough Council's John A Wilson

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A street-by-street map of the Olympic torch relay is set to be published.

Proposed start times of when and where the Olympic Flame will travel across Britain are also included - online at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.

London 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe declared the event will "bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life" as organisers hope the 8,000-mile relay involving 8,000 torchbearers will be the point when enthusiasm for the Games ignites across the country.

Details of the two-day finale to the 70-day relay, which brings the Olympic Flame to the lighting of the cauldron to start the Games, are being kept under wraps until closer to the start of the relay at Land's End on May 19.

Around 7,000 people, many of whom are members of the public who have shown community spirit, courage and sporting determination, have been named as torchbearers.

The torch will be taken on a skywalk at Croke Park as it visits Dublin in its only stop outside of the UK. After protests that marred the international leg of the torch relay before the Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee ruled that future relays would be restricted to the host country.

The overall route has been designed to also take in cultural institutions such as the Turner Gallery in Margate and Cass Sculpture Park at Goodwood as well as many of sporting stadia and racecourses.

Lord Coe said: "The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate."

The detailed information means that crowds of cheering supporters and onlookers will be able to plan where to be when the flame and its torchbearer pass along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

Lord Coe hopes the different regions will take the chance to make it "a moment to shine".

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8:58am Mon 19 Mar 12

P Barker says...

The headline "..torch route revealed" is very misleading, and the route isnt anounced yet !
The headline "..torch route revealed" is very misleading, and the route isnt anounced yet ! P Barker
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9:54am Mon 19 Mar 12

monkeydog says...

Lining up to see a torch. Well, if it's that or Prince Charles I'll go for the torch.
Lining up to see a torch. Well, if it's that or Prince Charles I'll go for the torch. monkeydog
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9:54am Mon 19 Mar 12

monkeydog says...

Lining up to see a torch. Well, if it's that or Prince Charles I'll go for the torch.
Lining up to see a torch. Well, if it's that or Prince Charles I'll go for the torch. monkeydog
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1:37pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Verbal Kint says...

Bit close to Northam estate. Hope its well insured ;-)
Bit close to Northam estate. Hope its well insured ;-) Verbal Kint
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