Olympics countdown in Kent – July

PUBLISHED: 15:45 22 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:35 20 February 2013

Olympics countdown in Kent – July

Olympics countdown in Kent – July

History will be repeating itself in 2012 when the Olympic torch will be carried through Kent, as it was for the last London Games in 1948

Olympics countdown in Kent the torchbearers

History will be repeating itself in 2012 when the Olympic torch will be carried through Kent, as it was for the last London Games in 1948

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18 May and the 70-day relay will begin at Land's End in Cornwall on 19 May. The flame is expected to travel around 8,000 miles across the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Around 95 per cent of the population will be at some point within an hours journey time of the relay, which will travel through Kent just days before it heads to the Olympic Stadium.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets and for anyone who remembers when the Tour de France came through Kent, it really will be a remarkable few days for the county.

Kent has even more reason to celebrate as two local towns have been chosen to be among the 66 locations in the UK that will host the torch overnight.

On 18 and 19 July for Dover and Maidstone respectively, a cauldron will be lit from the flame and thousands of people will be able to join in two-hour spectacular evening of celebrations to mark its arrival. The torch will then be relit the next day before heading off on its journey.

The more detailed route of where the torch will be going between its evening stops will be announced later in the year.

There will be around 8,000 torchbearers carrying the flame on its journey and they will be chosen from the thousands of nominations recognising the most inspirational people from communities across the UK.

There will be 110 people needed every day to be a torchbearer and they will include those who have made a difference to peoples lives, overcome adversity and shown respect for other people. So listen out to hear some of the personal stories from Kents local heroes.

The Olympic Games are likely to only happen once in our lifetime. Many people may have bought tickets to watch the sporting events but having the torch coming through Kent, right on our doorstep is a real opportunity for everyone to come out and cheer it on and for us to have some unique memories of the day the Olympic torch came to town.

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