Olympic torch heading for Fylde coast

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame

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THE Olympic torch will spend two days on the Fylde coast in the lead up to next summer’s Games in London.

Already blazing as it arrives from Greece on May 19, the torch will embark on a journey that sees it traverse the UK.

The 70-day journey starts at Land’s End, where torchbearers will carry it from the most westerly point in England.

It will arrive on the Fylde coast on Friday, June 22 as it heads south from Lancaster.

It will follow a route which goes from St Michael’s On Wyre to Fleetwood, Cleveleys and then Blackpool.

Iconic

The torch will spend a night in the resort before heading off again on the Saturday via Ansdell, Lytham and Warton before being taken to Preston.

Blackpool Tower is just one of the many iconic British landmarks on the tour. Heading to the North West, on May 31 a runner will scale the telescope at the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire. On July 12, the torch will pass Stonehenge.

On July 27, the final leg will take in Hampton Court Palace, before heading along the River Thames to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.