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London 2012: Reaction as torch relay stops revealed

Reaction as the first details are released of the stops and visits the Olympic torch will make in its 70-day relay around the UK ahead of the London 2012 Games.

The full route will be unveiled at a later date.

LOCOG CHAIRMAN LORD COE

"We want this to get to within roughly an hour's travel time of 95% of the population.

"I carried the torch in Vancouver, it was fantastic. It wasn't just the carrying, what moved me was listening to the stories of the people on the bus that day, those that were nominated, were running with it.

"Some of them, it had really changed their lives. It was extraordinary listening to the personal odysseys of those people.

"What we really want is to drive and inspire young people and also focus on people that have inspired young people themselves."

HUGH ROBERTSON, MINISTER FOR SPORT AND THE OLYMPICS

"The relay brings London 2012 to the doorsteps of the UK giving everybody the chance to celebrate the London Games.

"It's a magnificent showcase for the country and a chance to mark the achievements of inspirational people in our communities."

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST JONATHAN EDWARDS

"It begins the countdown proper to the Games, 70 days before we host the greatest show on Earth.

"The torch relay shines a light on some of the inspirational people that we have in the UK and the beautiful places. It really is the UK's time to shine. An incredibly proud moment for us to host the Games and the torch really brings it to life across the country.

"I went to school in Devon and that's where I first started to triple jump, where my Olympic journey began, so to carry it past my old school would be perfect."

OLYMPIC GYMNAST BETH TWEDDLE

"It's a great thing.

"A lot of people are thinking it's a London Olympics, it's only for being down South. But having the torch coming through cities like Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, it allows people to feel like they're involved."

ALEC ROBERTSON, CORNWALL COUNCIL

"I am extremely proud that we have been chosen to host the start of the Olympic torch relay.

"Land's End is renowned as a starting point for memorable journeys and this one - which marks the official countdown to the 2012 Olympic Games - is surely set to become one of the most memorable in our history."

SIR ROGER BANNISTER, FORMER ATHLETE

"It's great news that the relay is coming through Oxford.

"We're expecting there to be a lap of this track [Iffley Road running track, where Bannister broke the 4-minute mile mark] which has so many happy memories for me."

STEVEN SAVAGE, NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL

"It'll be a massive warm reception by thousands of people.

"People of Newcastle Gateshead turn out in their thousands for football - they'll turn out in their absolute thousands for the Olympic flame. I think everybody realises it is the spirit of the Olympics and the start of the celebration."

TABLE TENNIS PLAYER AND 2012 HOPEFUL PAUL DRINKHALL

"It's going to be huge all over the UK. Sheffield is such a big sporting city, everybody's waiting for that day now.

"I'd love to (hold the torch). What an experience that would be. "

BELFAST LORD MAYOR, COUNCILLOR PAT CONVERY

"We are honoured to be a part of this momentous celebration.

"The Olympic flame is renowned for being a symbol of peace, unity and friendship; traits that are now also associated with Belfast and Northern Ireland.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our citizens and neighbourhoods to demonstrate the spirit of unity and cooperation.

"Belfast is a young and evolving city, and I have no doubt that we will embrace the torch and its ethos with enthusiasm and energy."

TERRY, BBC READER

"The torch is coming to Bexley? That's nice. Not much happens in Bexley, but it is my home and a pleasant place.

"Chances are it will be run through Hall Place, an old mansion, maybe up Gravel Hill to the shopping centre. Now that's an Olympic route!"

FRANKIE CRISP, BBC READER

"I've just checked and thankfully this circus does not come anywhere near where I live.

"It's a London event why can't they just run round London."

ELEANOR, BBC READER

"I can't wait for it to come through my town, Alnwick. I can't afford to go to the games so this will be the closest I come to taking part."

SCOTTISH SWIMMER AND OLYMPIAN DAVID CARRY ON TWITTER

"Fantastic News! The Olympic torch is coming to Aberdeen on 11th June 2012... Hopefully the North Sea breeze doesn't blow it out..!

PEERLAWTHER ON TWITTER

"Planning to sit on Orrest Head over Bowness/Windermere on Midsummer Eve, & watch it unfold below Bowness-on-Windermere."

ROBDJUK ON TWITTER

"I see that Wrexham has been snubbed for the Olympic torch relay. Sounds about right. We get snubbed with everything else too."

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