Olympic Torch in Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks District will become part of Olympic history when the London 2012 Olympic Flame Torch Relay travels through four local communities next summer.

Local people can be part of the momentous occasion and can see the Flame in person as it travels through Seal, Sevenoaks, Riverhead then finally Bessels Green on Friday 20 July 2012 from midday.

Spectators should be able to get a magnificent 'once in a lifetime' view of the Torch from the roadside.

After Bessels Green the Flame will leave the District onboard a motorised convoy when it heads to Surrey for the next leg of its journey.

Details of the exact route in the District will be announced in early July in the local press and on the Council’s website.

Sevenoaks District Council Leader, Peter Fleming, says: "The Olympic Flame will bring all the excitement and glamour of the 2012 Games to Sevenoaks District, giving local people the chance to be part of this world-class event. It takes on an even greater significance for us as Sevenoaks is the only District in Kent to host the Games when Paralympic cycling comes to West Kingsdown next September."

The Olympic Flame will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers as part of its 70-day journey across the UK beginning in May 2012.

Seal, Sevenoaks, Riverhead and Bessels Green are four of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.