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Bristol University celebrates the Olympic torch relay

23 May 2012

The famous Olympic torch set off in Bristol today [Wednesday 23rd May] alongside the University of Bristol’s hot air balloon, as part of its 7,000 mile journey around the UK to London's Olympic Games 2012.

The torch was lit during last night's spectacular celebration at the Amphitheatre on Bristol's harbourside ready for its tour this morning. At 6 am, crowds of people came out to watch the torch as part of the once-in-a-lifetime celebrations at the Bristol Council House on College Green.

Following this, the Great George Bell in the Wills Memorial Building rang for fifteen minutes to mark the historic journey as the torch was carried from Abbots Leigh, across the Suspension Bridge surrounded by fireworks, through Clifton Village and up to the Downs at 8.15 am this morning.

It ran a little late before getting to students Georgie Twigg, Bettina Urban and Teaching Fellow Shirley Hume, our torch bearers who carried the iconic flame through Henleaze. The trio were picked along with many other individuals across the country for being unique individuals who always go the extra mile, reflecting the core values of the Olympic movement and its rich heritage. You can find more about the torch bearers and how they came to be selected on our University news pages.

To see more pictures of the event take a look at our Facebook page.

To find out where the torch is going next, take a look at the London 2012 relay route.