Letchworth and Stevenage Olympic torch relay routes revealed

THE streets the Olympic flame will travel along as it passes through Letchworth GC and Stevenage have been revealed today (Monday).

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Letchworth GC from the A507 through Norton on Sunday, July 8, at 11.20am.

The route starts in Norton Road, taking in Norton Way North, Station Road, Eastcheap, Gernon Road and Norton Way South before finishing at Pixmore Way.

Torchbearers and vehicles will then head off towards Stevenage, arriving at 12.02pm.

There the route will begin in North Road and continue along High Street, Letchmore Road and Sish Lane before participants stop for lunch on King George V Playing Fields. The torch will then take in Fairlands Way and St George’s Way, coming to a stop on Six Hills Way.

Cllr Lynda Needham, leader of North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), said: “We hope the announcement of the street level route through Letchworth will really bring the Olympic torch relay route to life for North Herts residents. This is a once in a lifetime spectacle which we encourage people across the district to come and witness for themselves. In particular we are looking forward to lining the streets to give the inspirational torchbearers who will be running though Letchworth a very special welcome.”

Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, added: “The Olympic flame is set to pass through residential areas, our High Street, the town centre, and will go past many of our much-loved landmarks. There are lots of opportunities for residents to get out, see the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay, cheer on our torchbearers, and play their own part in London 2012. I’m looking forward to an exciting and historic day.”

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The names of the torchbearers who will be running through both towns have also been announced today.

Hitchin’s Celia Watson and John Harris, from Baldock, are among the nine torchbearers that will carry the flame through Letchworth GC.

Stevenage residents John Mayor and Luca Wells will have the honour of transporting it through their hometown alongside four other torchbearers.

Philip Goodall will be taking the torch through Letchworth GC after overcoming severe learning difficulties, acute dyspraxia and being unable to speak to take part in the Special Olympics.

He said: “I am proud to have been selected as a torchbearer. I am excited to be carrying the torch in Letchworth Garden City and I hope lots of people come to watch.”

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 July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Street-by-street details and corresponding times of the relay route across the UK can be viewed by visiting www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay