The Olympic Torch and Rishton

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In 2012 the Olympic torch travelled the width and breadth of the United Kingdom. The Olympics torch relay ran from the 19th May to the 27th July 2012, before the Games began in London on that date.

The relay lasted 70 days, with 66 evening celebrations and six island visits, and involved some 8,000 people carrying the torch about 8,000 miles (12,875 km), starting from Land's End in Cornwall.

The torch had three days outside the United Kingdom when it visited the Isle of Man on the 2nd June, Dublin in Ireland, on the 6th June, and both Guernsey and Jersey on the 15th July.

 Colin Cooper of Rishton takes the flame in Accrington.

On the 23rd June (day 36)the torch travelled from Lytham Saint Annes to Manchester, passing the Southern most boundary of Rishton at the Old Mother Redcap.

 Lytham St Annes to Manchester Route -

  • Lytham St Annes
  • Warton
  • Preston
  • Blackburn
  • Accrington
  • Burnley
  • Crawshawbooth
  • Reedsholme
  • Rawtenstall
  • Rochdale
  • Heywood
  • Bury
  • Whitefield
  • Prestwich
  • Higher Broughton
  • Cheetham Hill
  • Manchester
  • Our hero of the day was Colin Cooper of Thornhill Avenue, Rishton.

    Colin picked up the flame in Accrington, and ran Abbey Street, and Burnley road before handing over. He was number 062.

    Mission complete! Colin hands over the torch to the next runner.

    The 2012 Olympic Torch was made of aluminum alloy skin, perforated by 8,000 circles to represent the 8,000 torchbearers who would carry the flame. The circles also helped to dissipate heat without it being conducted down the handle, and provided extra grip.

    The triangular shape of torches represents the three Olympic values (respect, excellence and friendship), elements of the Olympic motto â€" faster, higher, stronger, Olympic Games hosted by the United Kingdom (1908, 1948 and 2012), tri-vision of the 2012 Summer Olympics (sport, education and culture).

    The Olympic torch is gold. Ten years later, and these torches were being offered for £4,000 on auction websites, after all, they are a limited number of only 8,000!