17 May 2012
Every modern Olympic Games is preceded by a torch relay, and London 2012’s starts on 19th May. The flame arrives in the UK having been lit at a ceremony in Greece, and starts its journey at Land’s End, before wending its way around the whole country, arriving at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27th July. The Olympic Torch Relay will travel approximately 8,000 miles around the UK and come within 10 miles of 95% of the population, and Discovering Places will be following its progress across the country. Throughout the period of the Relay we will be blogging every few days to suggest some places you might want to visit along the Torch route.
We will aim to introduce you to hidden spaces and places as well as some more familiar ones, and ensure that you can make the most of a trip to see the Torch, whether you are in Cornwall or the Highlands of Scotland. The backdrop to the Relay and to many of the events which take place daily along the route features many historic and significant buildings and landscapes, so it really is a great opportunity to get to know your local area better.
Please send us your photos and stories of going to see the Torch, and if you have any suggestions for places you think we should be telling people about, we would love to hear them. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@DiscoverDP) too for the latest news from the campaign.
Post by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance.
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