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20 Jul 2012

Only seven days to go!

With the arrival of the Olympic Flame in London, the countdown to the start of the Games has commenced

The arrival of the Olympic Flame in London marks the start of the last week before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. In the next seven days, the torch will continue to wing its way through the streets of the British capital, covering 200 miles and passing through the hands of another 982 torch-bearers. Before coming to London, the torch was carried by over 7,000 torch-bearers and visited more than 1,000 communities scattered across the whole of Great Britain. It has been calculated that some 9,000,000 people applauded the passage of the flame and the same enthusiasm is expected in the streets of London, where a huge crowd will surely welcome it in each of the 33 districts of the city. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The arrival of the Olympic Flame is a huge moment for the capital and an incredible opportunity for Londoners to experience, right on their doorsteps, the growing excitement as the countdown to the start of the Olympic Games moves ever nearer".