The Olympic flames tour unveiled

There will be 8,000 torchbearers, taking a 70-day journey that will come within ten miles of 95 per cent of Brits.

The tour will begin at Lands End on May 19 and continue on to the Olympic Stadium where it will arrive on July 27.

Every street it passes though will be plotted on an interactive map.

However it has been highlighted that 80 per cent of the flame’s tour will take place in a high security van, each torch bearer will take it just 300m on foot.

The bearers will be dressed in white and gold tracksuits designed by Adidas, sponsors of the games, which have been compared to pyjamas.

The outfits are supposed to ‘accent the energy of the Olympic flame’, however when revealed yesterday the 100 per cent polyester outfits have been called a fashion failure.

But Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he ‘thoroughly approved’ of the gold tracksuits.

They are beautiful outfits. They are lovely. They are elegant but not too austere,’ he said.

It is hoped that Stella McCartney’s design for the British tea will bring more style to the games.

Yesterday saw 7,300 people named as torchbearers after being nominated as unsung heroes of their communities.

The remaining 700 are likely to be celebrities and will be named later in the spring.