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Olympic Torch powered by LPG

The Olympic Torch was unveiled yesterday by Lord Coe and ex-Olympic gold heptathlete Denise Lewis. The Torch, a gold coloured aluminium frame adorned with a discrete London 2012 logo will be powered by Butane and Propane whilst it makes its 70 day journey around the UK and Ireland before arriving at the Olympic stadium in London.

The Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby weighs 800 grams and stands 800mm high it has 3 sides representing the 3 London Olympics – 1908, 1948 and 2012 and has contains 8000 holes, which represents the 8000 torch bearers who will take part in the Torch relay.

The route of the Torch relay is yet to be finalised but is planned to come within one hour of every person living within the UK and Ireland, bringing LPG to the attention of its largest UK audience.

At the ancient games the Torch commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek God Zeus by Prometheus but was not reintroduced to the modern games until the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the Torch relay however was not introduced until the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The final leg of the Relay is usually undertaken by a sporting great with rumours this year that 5 times gold medal rower, Sir Steve Redgrave will be given the honour.