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Thursday, June 28, 2012
After leaving King’s Lynn, the torch relay’s next stop will be Sandringham.
Thousands of school children have been invited to see the spectacle as the torchbearers wind their way around the grounds of the Queen’s Norfolk retreat.
The Torch is due to arrive just outside the Visitor Centre at 2.09pm precisely.
It will then be carried along the public road to the grand Norwich Gates, before entering the gardens and being carried to the front door of Sandringham House, where it’s expected to arrive at 2.14pm.
The Torch will then return the way it has come, leaving the House at 2.33pm and passing through the Norwich Gates at 2.36pm, then turning right from there and heading towards Hillington.
No members of the Royal family will be present to see the torch. But thousands are expected to attend.
“Entrance to Sandringham Gardens will be completely free of charge on this day to enable as many people as possible to see the torch in these beautiful surroundings, but we do ask that all schools advise us if they plan to come so that we can be suitably prepared,” said Helen Walch, public access manager at Sandringham.
“Working closely with West Norfolk council, the Estate is already expecting almost 2,000 school children from across the region, and we hope it will be a day to remember for all of them.
“If you plan to come early in the day and bring lunch with you, you will be most welcome to do so, and to picnic in the Country Park, but please be aware that we will not be able to provide under-cover facilities, and that picnicking is not permitted inside the Gardens.
“The Visitor Centre’s shops and restaurants will be open as normal throughout the day.”
Car and coach parking will be available at the Visitor Centre as normal, with overflow parking available in Sandringham Park if needed, while marshalls will be on hand to direct the traffic.
After Sandringham, the torch’s next stop will be the Rudhams.
“Very few villages have been granted the torch,” said Rudhams team leader Adrian Soskin. “We’ve been granted it because we’re remote and we’re a wonderful village.”
Torchbearers will carry the flame along the A148 from Mill Lane West Rudham to Bagthorpe Road, East Rudham, from 2.50pm.
Children from the Rudhams, Weasenham and Harpley will be on the Green at East Rudham and will all link arms to represent the interlocking rings as the flame approaches.
Church bells will be ringing and and both pubs in the villages will be open for business as usual, with a noodle bar in West Rudham and a barbeque and hog roast in East Rudham.
One resident who created a horse and plough scarecrow at the last village festival has agreed to attempt a Usain Bolt in his trademark pose on the green at East Rudham.
The flame will then be returned to convoy mode, as it sets off for Fakenham.