Olympic flame lights road to London as 70-day tour begins

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THE Olympic torch, which will pass through Aylesbury on July 9, has begun its journey around Britain.

The flame arrived at RNAS Culdrose aboard flight BA2012 on Friday evening, with a short ceremony taking place involving the Princess Royal, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Lord Sebastian Coe and David Beckham.

Around 100,000 people turned out for the first day of the torch’s tour as it travelled from Land’s End to Plymouth.

On the 52nd day of its 70-day journey the flame is expected to arrive at Winslow in convoy from Buckingham, taking to the streets there and in Whitchurch before moving to Aylesbury after 11am.

Along the route through the town and Stoke Mandeville torchbearers will pass locations including Buckingham Street, Market Square, Wendover Road and Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

The flame will then move in convoy to Waddesdon, where it will be paraded on the High Street before moving to Bicester.

Each of the 8,000 torchbearers runs for around 300m before lighting the next person’s torch.

Details of the relay route can be found on the London 2012 website.