May 19 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Olympic Flame arrives in Norfolk from Lincolnshire on the 47th day of its 8,000-mile relay around the UK on its way to London.
And first stop on it’s route will be King’s Lynn, just before mid-day on Wednesday, July 4.
The torch will be setting off from the South Gate, at 12-noon.
People are being encouraged to line the route to the town centre, along London Road, St James Road and Blackfriars Road.
It will then be carried along New Conduit Street, before turning right into the High Street before arriving at the historic Tuesday Market Place at 12.15pm.
The flame will then be carried along St Nicholas Street, St Ann’s Street, and North Street before turning left onto John Kennedy Road. It will then head right onto Loke Road and Columbia Way before arriving at Lynnsport.
After a brief lunchtime stop, the flame will then be driven out of the town centre and the next stage of torchbearers carrying the flame will commence at about 1.45pm on Low Road, near to South Wootton Lane, on the outskirts of the town and will carried until Langley Road.
The flame will return to convoy mode to head for Sandringham, before it moves on to East and West Rudham - the torch relay’s final West Norfolk community on the route.
West Norfolk council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said: “We are absolutely delighted that there are so many opportunities for people in West Norfolk to come along to see the torch.
“By announcing the details now, people can start to plan where they want to see the torch and our communities on route can plan how they are going to celebrate the arrival of the torch.
“We are also fortunate that the torch will be stopping at Lynnsport at lunchtime. This has provided us with an opportunity to involved local schools in a small, invitation-only event to celebrate the Olympics.
“The torch relay will be quite a spectacle and I hope that many West Norfolk residents will take the opportunity to witness it for themselves and really help us to celebrate the countdown to London 2012.”
Roger Partridge, sports development manager at the council, added: “We want people to line every inch of this route and cheer on the different torchbearers into and through the town.”
The children at Greyfriars Primary School are already excited about lining the pavement outside their school on London Road to cheer the torchbearers and wave British flags.
Steve Blakie, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “After hearing the Olympic torch will be coming past the school, the children were delighted and now they can’t wait to get out there to see it go past.
“We teachers are also really looking forward to it. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event and one we intend to really get involved in.
“I hope the Olympic Games will really inspire our children to get involved in different sports and become the next generation of Olympic athletes.”
The torch will then leave Lynnsport in vehicles for South Wootton, where from 1.35pm it will be caried for a mile from the junction of Low Road/Hall Lane, along the Grimston Road to the Langley Road (Asda) junction. Here it will again be returned to its vehicle convoy, to travel to the next stage.
Rolling road blocks will operate while the torch relay is in progress, with police outriders blocking junctions to make sure it can pass along the route.
West Norfolk council said it was expecting slightly heavier traffic in an around Lynn on the day. There will also be parking restrictions along some routes, which will be signposted in the weeks leading up to the relay advising motorists of the restrictions and expected delays.
Road closures will be in place all day on the south and east sides of the Tuesday Market Place and parking in this area will also be restricted.
There will be lane restrictions on London Road from early morning until approximately 2pm on the day of the relay.