As the Olympic flame lighting ceremony gets underway, the Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has said the torch relay is a great precursor to the Games:
_“Today is an exciting reminder that we are getting ever closer to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics Games. _
_The historic route of the Olympic Flame shows how the Olympics unites people and countries, and we are looking forward to welcoming the world this summer. _
The arrival of the Torch in the UK on 18 May will generate excitement throughout the country as we head towards the opening ceremony on 27 July.”
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