London prepares to welcome the Olympic Flame (725 hits)
The Olympic Flame will be abseiled from a helicopter to the Tower of London this evening as it arrives for its seven-day journey around the Host City.
The Olympic Torch Relay – presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – has visited over 1,000 communities around the UK and celebrated the achievements of over 7,000 Torchbearers to date. In total 10.2 million people have lined the streets to see the Flame.
In London, the the final leg of its journey, the Torch will be carried by 982 Torchbearers around 200 miles of the capital’s streets.
The final day of the Relay – 27 July – will see 18 Torchbearers carry the Flame, seven of whom will travel with it down the River Thames on Gloriana, the royal barge.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: 'Thank you to everyone who has cheered on the Torchbearers right around the UK and helped to build the excitement towards the start of the Games. With eleven days to go until the Olympic Flame the lights the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony it is great to see London ready to welcome the Flame and set to celebrate inspiring people and amazing places in each and every Borough.'
Given the huge and enthusiastic crowds that have followed the Olympic Torch Relay on its journey around the UK, LOCOG and Transport for London (TfL) advised that the week when the Olympic Torch Relay is in London is expected to be exceptionally busy.