As it happened: Olympic flame arrives

Key points

  • The flame for the London 2012 torch relay has arrived in the UK from Greece
  • The 70-day, 8,000-mile Olympic torch relay starts at Land's End on Saturday morning
  • The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games takes place on 27 July

Live text

Reporting:

  • Jane Mower 
  • Jenny Minard 

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Welcome to our live text coverage of the arrival of the Olympic flame in the UK.

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British Airways plane Firefly The Olympic flame is on board flight BA2012

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The Olympic flame is on board a gold-coloured British Airways plane headed for Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall.

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Flight BA2012 left Athens just after 15:20 BST with a party of dignitaries on board.

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Accompanying the flame is Locog chairman Seb Coe, the Princess Royal, David Beckham, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, London Mayor Boris Johnson and five young people from the UK.

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The flame was handed over to Princess Anne, who is president of the British Olympic Association, in the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, on 17 May in an hour-long ceremony.

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The flame's arrival heralds the start of a 70-day torch relay which kicks off tomorrow morning.

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A welcoming party, led by Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, will greet the delegation as they disembark the aircraft, before a ceremonial cauldron is lit on the airfield to celebrate the flame arriving in the UK.

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The event will be attended by more than 500 invited public and dignitaries from the local area.

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Senior representatives from the Armed Forces, the Ministry Of Defence and Captain William Entwisle, Commanding Officer of RNAS Culdrose will also attend.