Wells to welcome Olympic Torch on May 22nd

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By WellieWonka | Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 11:08

Putting an end to all the speculation, the London Games organisers Locog announced the route the 2012 Olympic Torch will be travelling and it's no surprise that it will be on its way to Wells.

The countrywide relay will last 10 weeks and involve 8,000 torch bearers.

95% of the British population will be within a 10-mile radius of its passage.

On Tuesday 22nd May 2012, on its local journey through Somerset, the torch will depart from Ilminster, and amongst other places will pass through Yeovil, Somerton, Street, Glastonbury, Coxley, Wells, Shepton Mallet and Frome and Bath, before finishing in Bristol where a festival will be held in its honour.

Locog chair Sebastian Coe said: "Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion," he said.

He added "We originally started out by saying 95% of the population would be within an hour's journey of the route - we now have that as within 10 miles. We've got to get the torch to as many communities as possible.

"Fifty per cent of the torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24. We are going to focus on young people, it is a young people's torch."

The organisers have gone to great lengths to ensure that the torch also travels by geographically-reflective methods of travel although no plans for it to travel through Wells in a tractor-pulled cider apple container have yet been announced!

Will you be lining the streets to cheer it through or does the prospect of 10 weeks in total, threaten to rather take the novelty out of the event? Any guesses on how many people might turn out to watch here in Wells – we'll have a sweepstake, digital photo of the torch in Wells as taken by WellsPeople to the winner!!!

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  • Profile image for TimothyL12

    I think it's great that it's coming here! This is a once in a lifetime thing, and even though I haven't got any tickets to see any of the events, I'll make sure I see the torch!

    By TimothyL12 at 20:35 on 09/11/11

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