THE OLYMPIC Torch will be spending the night in Waltham Forest on Saturday July 21 2012, it has been announced.

The borough will be the only one of the five Olympic boroughs where the torch will stay overnight during the 70-day relay around the country, starting May 19 from Lands End, at the very tip of south-west England

A search for 8,000 "inspirational" people to cary the torch will begin today at 1100am, 2012 organisers said.

Residents will be invited to submit nominations.

It is expected the torch will be carried through all 32 London boroughs, some of which are likely to hold their own event.

The torch will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the Games.

The flame which will travel for approximately 12 hours each day, will rest overnight at many locations, including five other London boroughs, Bexley, Wandsworth, Ealing, Haringey and Westminster, where special events will be held.

Waltham Forest Council leader, Councillor Chris Robbins, told the BBC: "It's brilliant news we'll be hosting the torch - we're an Olympic borough and this will fire people's imagination in the run-up to a fantastic Olympic year.

"We're going to pull out all the stops to make sure we welcome the torch here in style and we hope residents will come out and watch the torch as it makes its way through our borough and cheer it on its way.”