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In early June, as the torch relay entered its third week, it was revealed that many of those selected to carry torches on the relay were corporate executives with commercial ties to Olympic sponsors.The torch was escorted by a team of trained officers from the Metropolitan Police Service known as the Torch Security Team, these were chosen from 644 initial applications through an eight-month selection process.6 were selected to present designs the selection being made a few months later.The winning design came from Barber Osgerby, led by Edward Barder and Jay Osgerby.(as well as visits to the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), the relay focused on national heritage sites, locations with sporting significance, key sporting events, schools registered with the Get Set School Network, green spaces, biodiversity, 'Live Sites' (locations with large screens), local festivals, and other events.The start date for the Relay was announced on , as were the three presenting partners: Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, the nomination campaign for torchbearers was announced on and called 'Moment to Shine'.Their design of the 2012 Olympic Torches was made of two aluminium alloy skin, perforated by 8,000 holes to represent the 8,000 torchbearers who would carry the flame.
A number of celebrities, musicians and actors also held the flame on its journey, including Doctor Who star Matt Smith, Patrick Stewart, Jamie Oliver, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders (jointly), Rupert Grint, James Mc Avoy, Mel C, British/Irish boy band The Wanted, dance troupe/Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity and long time TV presenter, dancer, singer and comedian Sir Bruce Forsyth.
About 8,000 people carried the torch a total distance of about 8,000 miles (12,800 km), starting from Land's End in Cornwall.
The route was widely reported as designed in such a way as to ensure that the Torch came within 10 miles of 95% of the UK population.
We just ran [out] of time and we tried very hard to do it", the final design of the torch used a "tried and tested formula" of butane and propane.
The progress of the Olympic Torch rapidly gave the lie to the idea that people would not show an interest in the event, or indeed the assertion that certain sections of society might stay away, as local and national media around the country reported, crowds proved to be diverse, overwhelmingly good-natured, unprecedently noisy and appreciative, and above all large.
In Derry scuffles broke out between police and republican protesters, as they blocked the planned route near the Guildhall.