Olympic flame begins its journey

The flame for the London 2012 torch relay and Olympic Games has been lit during a ceremony in Olympia, Greece.

The ceremony took place amid the Temple of Hera ruins, by the ancient Olympic Games stadium and the flame was was kindled by catching the sun’s rays in a parabolic mirror.

The torch is due to travel 2,900km (1,800 miles) through Greece, carried by 500 torchbearers, before being flown to Britain on Friday 18 May for a 70-day relay around the UK.

8000 Torchbearers will carry the Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK and is due to reach the Olympic Stadium in Stratford on 27 July to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

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