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Olympic Flame’s historic journey through the Royal Borough

19th March 2012

Categories: News

Windsor town centre Maidenhead’s High Street and iconic bridge across the Thames and world-famous Ascot Racecourse are the best local vantage points to see the historic 2012 Olympic Flame when Torchbearers carry it through the Royal Borough on Tuesday 10 July.

Street-by-street details of the Flame’s 8,000-mile journey across the UK are announced today (Monday 19 March) by Games organisers LOCOG – including the route through the Royal Borough. Full details are available at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/london2012.htm

Local people are being encouraged to line the route at the prime local vantage points to cheer on Torchbearers and be part of the spectacle.

Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member with responsibility for the 2012 Games, said: “This is everyone’s chance to get involved with the Olympics and capture a memory to savour and share.

“We can’t all get tickets to the Games but we can see the famous Flame being carried close to our homes or familiar spots in our local communities – no tickets needed.”

Today also sees the announcement of the names of 7,600 of the 8,000 Torchbearers, some of them local people who will carry the Flame in turn through the borough**.

For most of its journey the Flame will be on-board a convoy of vehicles and out of sight. The only time the Flame will be in view will be when it is being carried by Torchbearers – the reason the Royal Borough is highlighting the best vantage points for residents.

The Flame comes through the Royal Borough on day 53 of its 63-day journey as it travels from Oxford to Reading. It makes its first Torchbearer appearance at Bisham just after 10am as it enters Bisham Abbey National Sports centre. It will next appear at Furze Platt Road in Maidenhead just before 11am, then into the town centre – including High Street – reaching Maidenhead Bridge by 11.13am.

After a stop at Eton Dorney and then a visit to Slough the Flame will reach Windsor’s Maidenhead Road around 2.30pm before passing through the town centre – including Peascod Street and reaching the A308 Albert Road around 3.20pm before going into Surrey. (The full Windsor route has still to be confirmed)

Around 4.30pm the Flame will return to the Royal Borough at London Road, Ascot, and will then be carried along the High Street to the racecourse where it will be passed to a Torchbearer on horseback and ridden around the parade ring to give spectators a view to remember for a lifetime.

The Flame will head off towards Bracknell about 5.20pm and eventually reach Reading for its overnight stop.

LOCOG is announcing Torch Relay route details two months in advance of the event to give communities time to plan ahead and be able to make the most of the historic day as their ‘moment to shine’.

Cllr Dudley said the council is already making plans to ensure the Torch Relay takes place smoothly in the Borough.

He said: “We are in touch with schools, parishes, businesses, sports clubs and community groups to help them plan ahead. We are looking carefully at parking and transport arrangements to help everyone who wants to watch the relay and we will be publicising detailed plans nearer the time through our residents’ newspaper, Around the Royal Borough, on our website and also with the help of local media.”

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