People in Norwich can see if the Olympic torch will be heading down their street
PUBLISHED: 13:40 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 14:20 19 March 2012
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Some of Norwich’s most famous streets will be at the forefront of celebrations when the Olympic torch visits the city this summer.
It is all set for an exciting two days of entertainment when the Olympic Flame arrives on Wednesday, July 4 – and for the first time today street-by-street detail is revealed of the route the historic flame will take.
Families, businesses, schools and communities across Norwich can now plan their celebrations.
The torch, which is set to be carried by 8,000 torchbearers during its 70-day journey around the country, is due to arrive in the city at about 5.50pm.
It will then follow a route, taking in streets including Cromer Road, Aylsham Road, Magpie Road, Pitt Street, Duke Street, St Andrew’s Street, Exchange Street, Gaol Hill and Theatre Street before stopping overnight at Chapelfield Gardens where there will be a special celebration.
Next morning the torch will make a special visit to Hethersett High School before leaving Norwich Castle at 6.45am. It will pass along Castle Meadow, Upper King Street, Queen Street, The Close, Bishop Bridge Road and St Williams Way as it heads off towards Great Yarmouth.
Norwich City Council leader Brenda Arthur said: “The Olympic torch relay is a wonderful opportunity for residents and businesses across Norwich to come together and celebrate in this once-in-a-lifetime special occasion.”
Barry Stone, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for cultural services, added: “This announcement will allow residents in the communities that the Olympic torch relay will pass through to start to plan how they want to get involved with this once-in-a-lifetime event coming to their area. I’m delighted that the excitement of London 2012 will be coming to Norfolk. As with the Tour of Britain cycle race, this presents a great opportunity for people to come together in their local area and support those taking part, whilst also presenting opportunities for local businesses to raise some revenue.” The torch will start its Norfolk journey on July 4 in King’s Lynn, passing through towns and villages including Fakenham, Holt, Cromer and Aylsham en route to the city. Its passage will continue on the following day to Acle, Filby and Great Yarmouth, before heading south into Suffolk.
Councillor Claudette Bannock, chairman of Broadland council, which includes Aylsham and Acle, said: “This is a special opportunity. The people chosen to carry the torch will be inspirational characters. I hope people will line the roads and cheer them on.” Norwich is one of just 66 evening celebration locations across the UK confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit. As part of the events, Locog and its partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.
The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday, May 18, 2012 and the 70-day torch relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, on May 19. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic flame comes to their doorstep.
The Olympic flame will arrive at the Olympic stadium on July 27 next year for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The streets along the London 2012 Olympic torch relay can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/ olympictorchrelay
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