Olympic torch is coming to Rutland today - follow it live with us
THE excitement of the Olympic Games is coming to Rutland today as the torch passes through towns and villages on its nationwide journey.
Crowds of people are expected to line the streets in Langham, Oakham, Rutland Water and Uppingham, today (Tuesday) to catch a glimpse of the flame.
We’ll be tweeting throughout the day which will feed into our live torch news feed.
The Olympic torch started its tour of the UK on May 19. Tuesday marks the 46th day of the relay, which starts in Leicester and ends in Peterborough.
The flame will be carried in our area torchbearers who have been nominated by local people to parade with the iconic beacon.
As well as the torch relay, a host of entertainment and activities will be held along the way to mark the occasion.
In Oakham, a cavalcade of classic cars will pass through the town. The collection of 18 vehicles will be of an age reflecting past Olympic events. The cars will also be carrying local sports people, characters, and dignitaries ahead of the torch procession before parking in Market Square.
The event has been organised by Oakham Town Partnership and those lined up for a lift in the cars include; Claire Lomas, who completed this year’s London Marathon in a bionic suit; triathletes Mary Hardwich and Gail Warner; Paralympic athlete Bex Rimmington; former Leicester City footballer Steve Walsh; world darts champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams; motor racing driver Alexander Sims; high jumper Brendan Reilly; former Olympic silver medalist David Wilkins; mayor of Oakham Alf Dewis; Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy; Lord Lietenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard; and High Sheriff of Rutland Bart Hellyer.
The cars will meet at the Railway Inn, in Station Road, at 11.30am before setting off from Brooke Priory School and passing through Station Road, Burley Road, Ashwell Road, and then stopping off at Langham Primary School.
The cars will then go through Catmose College car park and then on to Market Square.
Also in Oakham, volunteers at charity Change Agents UK have organised an “Olympicnic” for crowds to enjoy as the torch makes its way through the town. The picnic will be held at Grainstone Brewery in Station approach from 1.30pm to 2.25pm.
As the beacon moves on to Uppingham, Sycamore Harley-Davidson, in North Street, will be hosting a barbecue for people to enjoy as they watch the torch pass by. The money raised from the event will go towards the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Staff will also be holding a raffle in aid of Rainbows Hospice, in which prizes include a days rental of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and two weekend passes to any round of the British Superbike Championship.
History will be made at Rutland Water when the torch makes its only boat-to-boat transfer in its 70-day journey across the reservoir.
Tony Entwistle is managing the event for Anglian Water, which owns and operates Rutland Water Park.
He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local residents to see the torch in the picturesque surroundings of Rutland.
“We want everyone to have to best chance of seeing the torch, so we are suggesting people head to the Whitwell site where there is space for spectators to gather, with the point offering the best views of the whole event.
“Not only will you see the torch itself but all the convoy vehicles will be on hand to add to the spectacle and entertainment.”
Spectators are being advised to get to the site by 1pm.
The Rutland Times will be following the torch’s progress and we’ll be tweeting along the way. Please feel free to join in using the hashtag #rutlandtorch
Here is a list of where and when the torch will be and the names of the torchbearers who will be carrying the beacon, along with entertainment and other activities being held at each stage:
On Tuesday the flame will be carried along Melton Road and Oakham Road in Langham, between 2.18pm and 2.25pm. Carrying the torch through the village will be cardiac nurse and voluntary life saving instructor Heather Graham, 28, from Lincoln, and young cheerleader 15-year-old Nia Durant, from Leicester.
The beacon will reach Oakham at 2.29pm, arriving at Barleythorpe Road from Huntsman Drive and travelling along Melton Road, High Street, Stamford Road, and continuing onto Edmonton Way junction before leaving the town at 2.43pm. Four people will be carrying the beacon through Oakham. They include shop assistant Beth Harris, 33, from Oakham, charity fundraisers Mark May, 34, from Northampton, and Martin Hulbert, 38, from Leicester, and Steve Tipping, 25, from Market Harborough.
Rutland Water (2.54pm-3.42pm)
On the next stage of its journey, the torch will cross Rutland Water, from Whitwell to the Normanton shore between 2.54 and 3.42pm.
The flame will be carried in Uppingham between 4.15pm and 4.24pm, travelling along Ayston Road from the Firs Avenue junction, to London Road. From there it will go left into High Street East and up to the Glaston Road junction. In the town, the beacon will be carried by Oakham bar manager Neenoo Neehuis, 28, and Malcolm Borrows, 50, from Kettering.
To mark the occasion, Sycamore Harley-Davidson, in North Street, is holding a barbecue for crowds on the day. The money raised will go towards the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. There will also be a raffle in aid of Rainbows Hospice.
Stamford and Burghley House (4.45pm-5.36pm)
Crowds in Stamford will get their first sight of the torch when it arrives in Tinwell Road at 4.45pm. It will then go along West Street, into Scotgate, through Red Lion Square, before making its way along St John’s Street and into High Street. Following the High Street, it will pass along St Paul’s Street into Brazenose Lane and then St Leonard’s Street.
It will turn left into Wharf Road and continue into High Street St Martin’s. The beacon will then go in convoy from the Barnack Road junction before arriving at its next stop, Burghley House, at 5.15pm, where the torch will change hands in the presence of Miranda Rock, director of the house and granddaughter of Olympic hurdler David Cecil, Lord Burghley, who won a gold medal at the 1928 Games, along with Lord Coe. From there it will go in convoy to Nene Valley Railway’s Wansford Station. It will then travel to Orton Mere Station and begin its route through Peterborough at 6.35pm.
Through Stamford, the torch will be held by eight bearers. They include; Stamford shop assistant Sue Probst, 56; charity fundraiser 22-year-old Simon Hales, from Langham, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2009 and has since raised money for brain injury charity Headway; volunteer clown therapist Benedicta Ripamonti, 36, from Italy; 15-year-old Christian Brookes, from Oakham, a local volunteer community support worker; Dave Thompson, 45, from Huntingdon, who lost six stone in 18 months and now inspires others to live active lifestyles; ex-international athlete Jo Varney, 52, from Peterborough; school community volunteer 12-year-old Livvy De Wet, from Uppingham; and Jessica Hill, 27 from London.
South Kesteven District Council has organised a number of community events which will take place on Ironmonger Street, between 5pm and 6.30pm. Professional street entertainers Granny Turismo and Steve Kaos will keep the crowds entertained and a Taste of the Nations event will feature food from around the world. There will also be performances by the Welland School of Dance, Woven Chords Community Choir and Stamford’s Poet Laureate. Representatives from local sports clubs and officers from South Kesteven District Council will host a community drop-in point.
St Martin’s Church bell ringers will be ringing to welcome the torch into town.
Road closures in Stamford on July 3 will take effect from 3.30pm and are likely to remain in force until 5.30pm. Roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.
An interactive route of the full map can be seen at the Olympic 2012 website.
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