The Olympic Flame came within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, travelling on a 70-day relay, starting in Lands End on the 19 May and finishing at the Olympic Stadium on the 27 July 2012. Over 1 million people in the West Midlands saw the Torch pass through their community.
Coventry hosted the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Sunday 1st and Monday 2 July with free, non ticketed events. 30,000 people lined the streets and welcomed the Olympic Flame into War Memorial Park as one of 66 evening celebration events across the UK. Thousands more gave the Olympic Torch Relay a massive send off at the morning departure across the city.
DAY 44 - OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY EVENING CELEBRATION
SUNDAY 1 JULY
TIME: 4.00 - 7.30pm
VENUE: War Memorial Park
EVENT DETAILS: Entertainment was provided by Coventry's Freeman Dance Gangsters and theatre company Talking Birds. Twist and Pulse (Samsung), Morning Parade (Coca-cola), Flame Followers (Lloyds TSB), British Olympians Imran Sherwani and Simon Archer and the London 2012 Children's Promise scheme.
TORCHBEARERS: Debbie Horton (18) from Nuneaton was the last torchbearer to carry the Olympic Flame into the park and light the Olympic Cauldron. Chanel Carter was one of two Coventry City Council nominations to carry the Olympic Flame.
Day 45 - OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY MORNING DEPARTURE
MONDAY 2 JULY
TIME: 6.30am – 8.30am
VENUE: Millennium Place, Live Site
EVENT DETAILS: Entertainment was provided by the Bollywood Dance Troupe and the Three Spires Choir as the Olympic Flame departed from Coventry Transport Museum and travelled through Coventry Cathedral and the city centre on it’s way out to Rugby.
TORCHBEARERS: Ali Abdillahi (18) was the second nomination from Coventry City Council and was the first person to carry the Olympic Flame when departing Coventry in the early hours of monday morning.
8,000 inspirational people from around the UK will carry the Olympic Flame. Nominated by someone they know, it will be their moment to shine, inspiring millions of people watching in their community, in the UK and worldwide.
THE OLYMPIC TORCH:
Coventry company Premier Sheet Metal won the contract to develop the prototypes and manufacture the Olympic and Paralympic Torches. The mass production of over 8,000 Torches started at the end of 2011.
THE ROUTE TO COVENTRY:
Below are the towns and villages on route which the Olympic Flame passed through on its journey across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Sunday July 1, 2012:
Monday July 2, 2012:
CLICK HERE to see the interactive map showing each of the 1,019 communities the flame was carried through and for further information on the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.