Borough's Olympic Torch Relay Route confirmed
Published Friday, 16 March 2012
Kettering Borough Council has announced the detailed route of the Olympic Torch and those chosen to carry the Olympic Flame through the Borough on Monday 2 July.
The Olympic Flame will be arriving into Kettering at 12pm along Pytchley Road, where it will travel onto Barton Road and along Windmill Avenue, past Tresham College and Kettering Science Academy. The Flame will then travel along St Marys Road and onto Bowling Green Road before turning right onto Sheep Street and to Kettering Market Place where the Torch will be on display for 10 minutes. At 1.30pm the Torch will continue its journey through the heart of Kettering Town Centre travelling along the High Street and Gold Street to Montagu Street. For the last stretch of the journey the Flame will be carried along Montagu Street and Stamford Road where it will then be transported by car to Geddington.
The Olympic Torch is expected to arrive in Geddington at 2pm where Torchbearers will carry the Flame onto Queen Street to the Queen Eleanor Cross. Here there will be an official photo opportunity as the Torch passes by our famous landmark before continuing its journey along West Street, back onto Stamford Road in Torchbearer mode until the edge of the village. From here it will be transported by car to Corby and then will arrive at Dingley at 3.10pm. Here it will travel in Torchbearer mode along Harborough Road before reaching the end of the village and Northamptonshire travelling over to Leicestershire.
For more details on the official Olympic Torch Relay route visit www.kettering.gov.uk, where you can find out when and where it will be travelling along your nearest high street, or past your local village shop.
Kettering Borough Council will be encouraging residents to line the streets near their homes and places of work to welcome the Olympic Flame and celebrate the achievements of our inspirational Torchbearers. Events are currently being planned for the Market Place where the Torch will be on display for 10 minuets. If anyone wishes to create their own community event to welcome the Torch or help celebrate the Olympic Games why not become a Local Leader for your area and celebrate within your community. For more information on this and the Torch Relay visit www.kettering.gov.uk.
Confirmed to carry the Torch within Kettering is Christopher McDonald, an inspirational young sportsman from Northampton who was born 10 weeks early and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and severe hearing loss. Defying all the odds, Chris has gone on to play for Northampton Town Football Clubs disabled team, been scouted for the East Midlands disability team and has received recognition including the National Player of the Year Award at the Every Player Counts Awards.
Charlotte Preston, announced as one of the Torchbearers to carry the flame through Geddington, works at Northampton General Hospital bringing care and laughter to patients each day. Charlottes main goal in life is to make a difference and she is looking forward to this once in a lifetime experience.
The two Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame in the Borough today were successful through the public nomination processes run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to allocate all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by adidas.
Russell Roberts, Leader of the Council said: We are proud to have the Olympic Torch passing through so much of our Borough in recognition of its beauty. It will pass popular landmarks such as Wicksteed Park, our award winning Market Place and the Queen Eleanor Cross where residents will gain a unique opportunity to see the Torch on display. This is Our Moment to Shine and line the streets of our Borough showing support for and meeting our inspirational local heroes as they carry sports greatest symbol through our communities.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Kettering Boroughs moment to shine.
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.