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Olympic torch approaches Island

History will be made in the Isle of Man today when the Olympic flame arrives on Manx soil.

On the 15th day of its 8000 mile journey around the United Kingdom , the flame will be passed between 26 torchbearers on its journey from Douglas to Laxey, returning through Onchan, Ballsalla and Castletown.

The torch relay is taking place on the busiest day of the Manx calendar, with the first race of TT 2012 due off less than an hour after the relay begins.

As thousands of TT fans line the course for Superbike Satruday, further crowds are expected along the relay route to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame on its journey to the London Games. The relay begins at the NSC at 10.25 and will begin with a full lap of the track. Then it's onto the TT course between Quarterbridge and Braddan Church - spectarors will be allowed at TT vantage points only as by then, the road is closed for the Superbike race due to start at 11.

The flame will be at South Quay at 11 and after a short trip in a lifeboat, will be carried along the prom by horse tram and bicycle. The flame arrives in Laxey at 1.20, making its way back through Main Road in Onchan at 2.40.

A road convoy takes it to Ballasalla at 3.15. then it's on to Castletown where official relay partners Lloyds TSB are hosting a street party between 2 and 4.30, with the flame due to pass through the square at 3.40pm.

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