Olympic torch unveiled

Lord Coe with the new Olympic torch
Lord Coe with the new Olympic torch

THE Olympic torch which will come here to Hastings next year was unveiled this week.

The gold, 80cm-high torch features 8,000 holes to represent the 8,000 torchbearers who will carry it on its 8,000-mile journey around the UK.

Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, it has been hailed as a triumph of cutting edge British design and will be in 1066 Country on July 17 where it will stay overnight.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: “Members of the public right across the UK are busy nominating inspiring people to be torchbearers and I am thrilled we have a beautifully designed, engineered and crafted torch for them to carry.

“Integral to the design are the 8,000 circles, a lasting representation of the torchbearer stories of personal achievement or contribution to their local community that will be showcased with every step of the relay.”

Visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay to nominate a torchbearer.