The Olympic Torch is coming to Milton Keynes, and that’s official!
On July 27, 2012, the eyes of the world will be on London for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games as the Olympic Flame arrives at the Olympic Stadium for the lighting of the cauldron to signify the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In the build up to the start of the event, the Olympic Flame will make its journey from Greece and arrive in the UK on 18 May 2012, ready for the Olympic Torch Relay to begin the following day. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Flame will start its 70-day journey around the UK towards the Stadium carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers.
Andrew Geary, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “We are proud to confirm that on July 9, the Olympic Flame will reach Milton Keynes.
“Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame through Milton Keynes and Bletchley that will host a welcome on behalf of their surrounding communities. The Olympic Torch Relay will shine a spotlight on the people in the borough and demonstrate that the Olympic spirit is alive and well.”
Milton Keynes is one of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.
Simon Greenish, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, welcomed today’s announcement, saying, “We are delighted and honoured that the Olympic Torch will be visiting Bletchley Park next year. It is symbolic that 2012 also marks the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth; Turing himself being a world-class athlete of Olympic standards. “Bletchley Park’s inclusion in the Torch Relay is a fitting tribute to the achievements of Turing and all his code-breaking colleagues.”
On July 9, the Olympic flame will visit Milton Keynes and Bletchley Park will be inviting local schoolchildren to welcome this global icon on behalf of the communities of Bletchley and Milton Keynes.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “‘We are thrilled to confirm that Milton Keynes will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the borough to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.
“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Milton Keynes area to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”