The London Olympics’ torch is visiting Greater Manchester twice as part of its journey around the UK this summer.
The Olympic torch will travel through all of Greater Manchester’s towns and cities during the 70-day trip around the UK, beginning with a brief visit to Lowton, Wigan, Bolton and Warrington on May 31.
The flame will return to Manchester on June 23 and 24 for a two-day celebration, as Manchester City Council prepares an evening in Albert Square to welcome the historic occasion, one of dozens events across Greater Manchester.
On June 23 the torch will pass through Salford, Trafford, Moss Side, Rusholme, Longsight, Levenshulme, Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham.
During the 10-week relay the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers, travelling nearly 8,000 miles.
London 2012 organisers Locog say the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.
On May 31 the torch will be welcomed by Lowton, Wigan, before being greeted by thousands of people in Bolton. The torch will travel to Merseyside after making its way through Horwich before returning to Greater Manchester three weeks later.
On June 23, Rochdale will host the golden-torch before it travels to Heywood, Bury, Whitefield, Prestwich, Higher Broughton and Cheetham Hill.
The flame will make a 15-minute stop outside the Co-op headquarters on Balloon Street shortly before 6pm, and move on to the numerous locations in Manchester city centre. Exchange Square, Deansgate, Whitworth Street, Sackville Street and Albert Square will all witness the flame’s journey.
There is an early start for the torch as the BBC’s MediaCityUK will kick-start the June 24 continuation at 6am. The Imperial War Museum and Olympic venue Old Trafford will be passed along its journey towards Stockport, Tameside, Ashton and Oldham.