Olympic Torch coming to Long Sutton

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THE Olympic Torch will be coming through Long Sutton next year on its journey to London for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The iconic Torch will be blazing its way through the Lincolnshire town on July 4 after coming through Holbeach.

The Torch will be undergoing a 70 day journey, starting from Land’s End on May 19 and finishing at the Olympic stadium in London on July 27.

Over 8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic flame as it travels the length and breadth of the country, going through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages.

The gold 2012 Olympic Torch, which is made of aluminium and triangular-shaped, will feature 8,000 small cut-out circles to represent the torchbearers.

A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the Ancient Games.

After a short relay around Greece, the flame is handed over to the new host city at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens.

The flame is then delivered to the host country, where it is transferred from one torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.

The Flame is extinguished on the final day of the Games, at the Closing Ceremony.