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The Olympic Flame is on its way

The Olympic Flame will begin its 70-day journey around the UK on Saturday 19 May and is due to arrive in Dorset in July. 

The Olympic Torch Relay will start from Land’s End in Cornwall and travel 8,000 miles around the country, giving thousands of communities their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.

Communities around Dorset are planning a variety of events and celebrations to greet the Flame and show their support to the inspirational Torchbearers who have been selected to carry it through the county.

The Flame will arrive in Dorset on Thursday 12 July, which is day 55 of the Olympic Torch Relay.  It is expected to arrive in North Dorset at approximately 9.30am, touring a number of towns and villages before heading to West Dorset for around 12.30pm.

The Flame is due to reach Weymouth and Portland, host borough for the London 2012 sailing events, shortly after 6pm and in time for its arrival by rowing gig at the evening celebration event on Weymouth Beach at 7.15pm.

On the morning of Friday 13 July the Flame will leave from Portland Bill and travel east through Weymouth, Preston and Osmington and into the district of Purbeck just after 10.30am.

After touring Purbeck, it will reach Hamworthy at around 3.30pm before travelling through Poole and onto Bournemouth for another celebration on the beach that evening.

On 14 July the Olympic Flame will conclude its journey through Dorset, starting from Bournemouth Pier, visiting Boscombe and arriving in Christchurch at around 9.15am.

Angus Campbell, Leader of the Dorset County Council and Chairman of the Dorset 2012 Board, said:

“We cannot wait to welcome the Olympic Flame to Dorset and its arrival will be a truly special and historic occasion for the county. Communities on the route are co-ordinating a range of celebrations and events to welcome the Flame and local people are being encouraged to come out and line the streets and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers.”

He added: “The Torch Relay is a great opportunity for local people to be involved in the countdown to the Olympic Games and the Olympic sailing events coming to Dorset this summer.”

For more information about when and where you will be able to see the Olympic Flame as it passes through your area,  please visit our Olympic Torch Relay page.

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