The Olympic flame will come to Exeter on Sunday, May 20 2012, just 68 days before the big event. Exeter has been chosen as one of the 70 locations to welcome the flame and celebrate the Olympic spirit just two dats after it arrives in the UK.
Plans for the Exeter stage of the relay and event are being worked on but it is likely to generate a carnival atmosphere, with a giant city centre stage in a prominent location and involvement from local sports starts of the present and future.
Exeter is one of 66 Evening Celebration locations/6 Island Visits across the UK confirmed today by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of the May 19, 2012.
On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep. The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘We are thrilled that Exeter has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK.
“The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Exeter, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the very best of the city.
“We have no doubt that the welcome Exeter City Council will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer.”