Olympic Torch Coming To Haringey North London

HARINGEY will host the Olympic torch as it wings its way around the UK before the London Games next year.

The torch will spend a night in the borough on July 25, 2012, as part of its 70-day relay route to usher in London’s turn to host the world’s biggest sporting event.

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on May 18 next year and the torch relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, the next morning.

On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK before arriving at the Olympic stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

Haringey Council leader Claire Kober said: “We are delighted that Haringey has been chosen to be at the heart of the festivities in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will give thousands of our residents the chance to share in the very special atmosphere of the Games.

“We look forward to working with LOCOG to finalise details for the evening celebration event on July 25.”

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, added: ‘The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.

“The first locations on the route confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic torch relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.”