The Torch Relay has been in Wales for a little over five days, travelling through every local authority, taking in such historic landmarks as the Senedd, the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, many of our castles, museums and stadiums and even made it to the summit of Snowdon.
Though the landscape may have changed along its route, the support has not. Figures collated by the Welsh Local Government Association approximate that more than 700,000 people have taken to the streets across the past few days, keen to witness the iconic torch pass through their towns and villages, and cheer on the Torchbearers, many of them nominated for the good work carried out in their own communities.
Sports Minister, Huw Lewis said,
“Last week I spoke of a sense of anticipation about the Olympics building in Wales, but it is now fair to say that we are well and truly in the midst of Olympic Fever.
“These numbers are truly astounding! I was at Barry Island on Saturday morning to see the relay, and although it was well before 8am when I arrived, the streets were already lined with thousands of well wishers and those keen to witness this once in a lifetime opportunity. What struck me most was the sense of pride in their community evident in so many of those present, and I’m certain that was the case wherever the torch visited in Wales.”
As well as showing off much of the stunning Welsh scenery, the relay is also a fantastic opportunity for all those chosen to carry the torch - many of them young people with inspiring stories to tell - to show the world the things that make Wales unique.
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are very nearly here and Wales is playing host to the first event of the entire Games. The Minister said he hoped the Olympic spirit would remain in Wales in the build up to the Games and that those Welsh fans would be out in force when the football competition kicks things off at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on July 25.
However, following the torch and watching fantastic sporting action are not the only ways to get involved in London 2012. If you to plan a celebration for the Games, then you can sign up to be a Local Leader and whether you invite three friends or your whole community, you'll get celebration tools, the chance to profile your event on the London 2012 “What's on” event listings and access to exclusive competitions.