The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced details of the lighting of the Olympic Flame and its arrival into the UK.
The Flame will be lit in Greece on 10 May and travel on board a special gold-liveried aircraft to Cornwall ahead of the Torch Relay, which starts on the 19 May.
Organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), the Olympic Flame will be lit using the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional hour-long ceremony among the historic ruins of the home of the ancient Games.
The Flame will then be taken on an eight-day relay around Greece before arriving at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on 17 May for the official Olympic Flame Handover Ceremony.
British Airways, the official airline partner of the London 2012 Games, will then carry the Olympic Flame on board flight ‘BA2012’, a gold-liveried aircraft, from Athens into the UK on 18 May.
It will arrive into the UK at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, near Helston in Cornwall. The arrival at this venue acknowledges the vital contribution that maritime and coastal search and rescue services undertake for our island nation.
On the morning of 19 May, the Olympic Flame will travel from RNAS Culdrose to Land’s End ready for the start of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. It will then be carried on a 70-day journey across the UK, arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Said LOCOG chair Seb Coe, "It gives me great pleasure to confirm 10 May as the Flame lighting date and RNAS Culdrose as the Olympic Flame’s arrival point into the UK. My team is looking forward to working with the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Defence and our commercial partners to create exciting events to mark the Flame’s Greek provenance and its arrival to our shores."