December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, June 29, 2012
From foster carers to teachers to budding athletes, the list of local heroes taking party in the Olympic torch relay is full of those who have triumphed in the face of adversity and have made a difference to their local communities.
Chosen torchbearers will gather on Thursday, July 5, to carry the flame through Acle, Filby and Great Yarmouth.
Celebrations begin in Acle from 7am by chairman of Broadland District Council, Shelagh Gurney.
A concert of song and dance will be performed by schoolchildren from Acle, Lingwood, Freethorpe, Cantley, Reedham and Fairhaven on Folly Tree Green.
The flame is expected to arrive at around 8.05am and three torchbearers will carry it from Norwich Road, along The Street and finish on New Road before the torch is driven to Filby.
London 2012 banners will line the streets along the route of the torch to help people get in the spirit.
The route will then pick up near Filby Bridge at around 8.20am, and three torchbearers will exchange the flame along Main Road as far as Poplar Drive.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) will then drive the flame to Yarmouth just after 8.30am.
The relay will start again close to Yarmouth Greyhound Stadium at around 8.55am when 11 torchbearers will take it in turns to carry the torch and flame along Caister Road, Lawn Avenue, North Quay and onto Fullers Hill.
Crowds are expected to gather as the torchbearer brings the flame through the Market Place at around 9.25am.
The route then sees the torch carried down Regent Street, along Hall Quay and across Haven Bridge, down Bridge Road and Pasteur Road. The torchbearing will end close to Homebase at around 9.40am.
The flame will then be driven to Lowestoft.
There will be a rolling road closure system in place to minimise disruption.
Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journey or to leave earlier or later.
People wishing to watch the Olympic flame are advised to arrive at their chosen place half an hour earlier than the scheduled torch time.
Marie Hartley, Great Yarmouth borough council’s culture, sport and leisure manager, said: “Whether along Main Road in Filby, or along the 45-minute route through Great Yarmouth, we hope to see as many residents as possible lining the route and cheering on those taking part.
“While it’s a working day, I really hope businesses and their staff embrace this opportunity and line the roadside.”