THE Olympic torch will travel through Hertfordshire on its way towards the 2012 London Games opening ceremony next year, it has been confirmed.

The torch will come to the County on Sunday, July 8, ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27.

The towns on the route from Cambridge to Luton are:

Welwyn Garden City
St Albans
Hemel Hempstead

London Games organisers LOCOG have set out the 1018 places the torch will pass through when it is carried around the UK from May 19 to July 27 and on the last day it will travel down the River Thames to Olympic Park for the opening ceremony.

While the communities and landmarks the torch will visit have been set out, the street-by-street detail of the route will not be confirmed until later in 2012.

Locog chair Sebastian Coe said the relay would take the 2012 Games to almost every corner of the UK, saying: "Now everyone is invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion," he said.

He added on the BBC: "We originally started out by saying 95% of the population would be within an hour's journey of the route - we now have that as within 10 miles. We've got to get the torch to as many communities as possible.

"Fifty per cent of the torchbearers will be aged between 12 and 24. We are going to focus on young people, it is a young people's torch."

The flame, in the torch or Olympic lanterns, will also be transported by more novel methods including boat, bicycle, tram and train