London 2012: Birmingham and Black Country torch relay route
- 19 March 2012
- From the section Birmingham & Black Country
Olympic torch relay organisers have revealed the streets on which the torch will be carried through Birmingham and the Black Country.
After arriving in Bloxwich in Walsall on Saturday, 30 June, it will travel through the borough passing places such as Walsall's New Art Gallery.
It will be carried on Wolverhampton's ring road and travel on a tram in Dudley.
There will be an evening celebration in Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham.
On the journey to Birmingham, runners will carry the torch through parts of the Black Country, including West Bromwich and Smethwick.
It will then cross into Birmingham and make its way past Warwickshire County Cricket Club's Edgbaston Ground to Cannon Hill Park.
On Sunday, 1 July, the torch will resume its journey and set off from Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre.
It will pass by the Bull Ring shopping centre before making its way through Digbeth as runners head toward Solihull and Earlswood.
The relay will then pass into Worcestershire.
Torchbearer Zakia Begum, from Walsall, said being chosen to take part was "the best thing that's happened to me".
The 21-year-old, who has a form of muscular dystrophy and is a wheelchair user, said she cried when she heard the news.
"I was thinking: 'I hope I'm not dreaming'. I'm really, really looking forward to it," she added.
Miss Begum has recently starred in a short film about disability awareness and helped develop a disability awareness campaign.
She said she had been reading about the torch relay on the internet and was "really, really excited".
At the age of 12, Dominic MacGowan from Halesowen will be the youngest torchbearer in the country.
He said: "I'm just hoping I don't fall over and do something silly like that.
"I'm quite confident and I just hope it goes well."
The two dates in Birmingham and the Black Country are part of a 70-day UK tour, commencing on 19 May, ahead of the Games.