By Marcus Leach

With one year to go until the Olympic Flame arrives in the UK, London 2012 has announced the first 74 locations welcoming the Flame during the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay.

The cities and towns, in every nation and region of the UK, will hold evening celebrations as the Flame spreads the excitement of the Games ahead of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The Flame will also make daytime island visits including to the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

The Torch Relay will start from Land's End on 19 May 2012, carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers. It will come within an hour of 95 per cent of the population of the UK.

"I think the thing we have learned from other relays is it's releasing that creativity, the excitement, in people's backyards. I have seen that from relays around the world and I really do want to replicate that," Lord Sebastian Coe told BBC Breakfast.

"The stopovers at night, there will be a party atmosphere, there will be stageshows, there will be the opportunity to showcase local talent.

"Then of course later on this morning we are going to start talking about the nomination process as well, because we want that to inspire young people but we want local communities to be inspired by young people."

The evening celebration events will be staged by the London 2012 Organising Committee and the Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, with the support of the host local authority.

Each event will differ, with locally-programmed content on the stage adding to the celebratory atmosphere.

Many thousands more people are expected to celebrate along the route each day. More details of where the Flame is going will be revealed later this year.