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Olympic Flame to touch down on UK soil today

  • Date: 18 May 2012
  • Area: National
Olympic torch on plane seat

The Olympic flame is secured into seat 1a and 1b for the flight back to the UK. Credit: LOCOG

The Olympic Flame is now on its way to the UK, on board a flight from Athens, Greece, for the start of the 2012 Torch Relay.

The flame is due to arrive in Cornwall at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose at approximately 7.25pm this evening.

Accompanying its transportation is a UK delegation party including Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The delegation is being led by HRH The Princess Royal.

The flame will be taken to Land's End tomorrow morning for the start of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. It will then travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK reaching thousands of communities and individuals.

The journey will be taking place against the vibrant backdrop of the Cultural Olympiad, of which the Arts Council is proud to be a principal funder.

Key projects include Artists taking the lead, comprising 12 artist commissions, Unlimited, a unique programme commissioning work by disabled and deaf artists and the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad featuring more than 1,000 events with an estimated audience of three million people.

We are also running a number of projects that showcase innovation and excellence in museums, libraries and archives to a worldwide audience including Stories of the World and Our sporting life.

Our involvement in the Cultural Olympiad aims to increase participation in the arts, heighten the profile of our artists on the world stage, as well as forge new collaborations that push boundaries.

For further information about our involvement and for details about the projects we are leading , please read our London 2012 pages.