By Robert Guthrie
DUMFRIES, Scotland – The Torch Relay for the London 2012 Games should live up to the promise that it will be “flaming good” when the Torch arrives in the United Kingdom Friday .
The Olympic flame will arrive with UK football superstar David Beckham on the specially built Olympic Torch Relay plane.
Beckham will be joined by four children – one each from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – who have committed themselves to sport and done fantastic services to sports worldwide.
The plane, specially built by British Airways, took workers nine days to put together. It’s covered in 250 litres of paint in gold, white and four different shades of yellow.
The plane, ‘The Firefly,’ is flying from Athens following the eight-day Greek Torch tour that ended with a special handover ceremony at Panathenaic Stadium.
Pupils in schools across the UK named The Firefly in a competition that was part of the Games’ education program, “Get Set,” which encourages students and teachers to embrace the Games, live Olympic values and make the most out of this landmark year.
Delegates at the ceremony were Princess Anne, who is head of the British Olympic Association, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson and Head of the London 2012 Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe.
The plane flies first to Cornwall, in the southwest of England, where the first of many torchbearers will kick off the exciting relay. Over the 70 days of the relay, many runners will carry the torch throughout the United Kingdom, passing through England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It is scheduled to arrive during the July 27 opening ceremony at London’s massive new Olympic stadium.
It looks like the Games will be very impressive, and so many can’t wait to see what Britain has to offer.
It’s going to be an exciting time, and with so much more in store, this is just the start.