London 2012 reveals Torchbearers

The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has named over 7,300 inspiring people who will carry the Olympic Flame as Torchbearers in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay later this year. Beginning on 19 May, an average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Torchbearers announced today include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. The remaining 700 Torchbearers will be confirmed over the coming months.

The exact streets roads along which the Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame have also been revealed, with an online map showing street-by-street details and the approximate start times for how and when the Flame will travel through over more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities in the UK, which were announced at the end of last year.

Communities can view the journey of the Olympic Flame in detail and find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life, with thousands of inspirational people from all over the UK being confirmed as Torchbearers.

“We hope local communities come out and line the streets to cheer on the Torchbearers, and celebrate the Olympic Games coming to the UK.”

LOCOG has also unveiled the uniforms that will be worn by the 8,000 Torchbearers during the Torch Relay. The primary colour is white with gold shards accenting the energy of the Olympic Flame at the shoulder and neckline. Multiple gold shards are used at the elbow to focus the eye on the arm, with a final shard continuing down to the cuff and the hand holding the Torch.