Will the Olympic torch pass through Westbury-on-Trym?
By Becky_Feather | Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 10:21
The Olympic flame will pass through Bristol en route to the London 2012 Games, it has been announced today. Exact details of the route are to be announced later this year - wouldn't it be amazing if the 8,000-mile route included Westbury-on-Trym?
The torch will leave Land's End, Cornwall, on the morning of Saturday, May 19, 2012 - the day after it arrives in the UK from Greece. It will then journey across the country, coming to Bristol on Day 4 - Tuesday, May 22 before moving on to Cheltenham for Day 5.
It will continue snaking across the length and breadth of the nation before reaching the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 27.
The aim is that 95 per cent of the UK population will take no longer than an hour to travel to the relay. Thousands of people are expected to celebrate along the route, with shows and concerts planned on 66 of the 70 days.
"We will be working closely with villages, towns and cities the length and breadth of the UK to ensure that as each community welcomes the Olympic Flame, they do so in a way that is unique and special to their area," said Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A search for 8,000 "inspirational torchbearers" was due to begin at 11am today, according to the official 2012 website.