Video Spotlight: Olympic Torch Relay 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 10 June 2012

With just under 50 days until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London – and the rest of the United Kingdom – has begun to warm up in earnest. The Olympic Torch began its journey in its spiritual home of Olympia, Greece, one month ago today, where it was lit in a traditional ceremony at the Temple of Hera. Following a brief tour of Greece, the flame was passed to UK representatives, who escorted it back to the host country.

Since the 19th of May, the torch has been on lengthy tour of the British Isles; starting at the southernmost tip of Cornwall – Land’s End – it has already made its way up the west coast of the country, travelled through Wales and crossed the Irish Sea to Northern Island. The procession also made a goodwill visit to Dublin, the Irish capital, during its stay on the Emerald Isle. It now proceeds to traverse Scotland and the outlying islands of Shetland and Lewis, before returning to the mainland to continue its progress towards the capital.

The relay is projected to bring the torch within an hour’s journey of 95% of the UK population at some point of its tour. It will be carried by a total of 8,000 bearers. The torch’s progress can be followed on the official London 2012 website. Live footage of the relay is also available.

However, we wanted to share a slightly different video with you, which is embedded below.


This title sequence was created by Studio AKA for the BBC’s coverage of the relay. With music provided by British band Elbow, the complete package is an inspiring piece of footage. It reflects the mounting excitement of the relay and hints at the impressive spectacle that this summer’s events will hopefully provide.

Speaking as a Londoner, I think that there’s a lot of mixed sentiment about the upcoming Olympics. We’re proud to be hosting the events, but there’s an air of apprehension about how the city will cope. With a positive attitude and a bit of flexibility, we should definitely be able to deliver something truly memorable.

Whatever your feelings about sport in general or the way these games are being conducted, it’s important to remember that we can come together to enjoy this sort of thing from time to time.

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Paul Tavner

Born and raised in the heart of the British countryside, Paul has lived and worked in London for the last four years. He loves most things about city life, but tries to make regular escapes on travel adventures to maintain his sanity. Paul is Techie-in-chief of the Travel Word and tries his best to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.
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