Olympic torch route announced

By Dan Santy 19/03 Updated: 20/03 10:36

Buy photos » Olympic torchbearer nominees from Rugby with borough council culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms and chairman of Dunchurch Parish Council Robin Aird celebrate last year's announcement the flame is coming to town. 45.011.026.rug.jg

CROWDS in Rugby will be flocking to see the Olympic torch when it arrives on their doorstep on Monday July 2.

The route the flame will be carried along through Rugby was announced last week, with the torch convoy set to pass through the town centre and Dunchurch as part of the build up to this summer's Olympic Games in London.

Support vehicles, press vans and sponsors' trucks will arrive at around 8.20am at the Cemex plant on Lawford Road. They will lead the convoy ahead of the torchbearers, each of whom will carry the flame around 300 metres.

The route will bring the torch up Lawford Road to Corporation Street before passing the town hall and the clock tower.

It will then be carried along Church Street, Whitehall Road, Hillmorton Road and Horton Crescent before pausing on The Close at Rugby School.

At around 9.25am it will leave Rugby School, passing the Webb Ellis statue, and be carried along Dunchurch Road as far as Harris School, where the torch will rejoin its convoy.

It will then be carried by vehicle to the outskirts of Dunchurch where torchbearers will again carry the flame through the village centre.

The flame will leave the borough along Coventry Road, rejoining its convoy near Adkinson Avenue.

Culture spokeswoman for Rugby, Coun Heather Timms, said: "Rugby plays an important part in the Olympic story and it's fitting the torch will come here. Pierre de Coubertin wrote of the inspiration given him by the legendary (Rugby School) headmaster Thomas Arnold, and his love for Rugby football led to its inclusion in the modern Olympics until after his death in 1937.

"Dunchurch is also significant in the history of our country, being the rendezvous point for the failed gunpowder plotters, and will provide a picturesque location to see the torch pass by.

"The torch relay will inevitably cause some disruption, but we hope everyone will come out and line the streets.

"This is Rugby's opportunity to shine. As an opening to this year's Rugby Festival of Culture, it really couldn't be better."

Head of culture for Rugby Borough Council, Anna Rose, said: "The visit of the torch will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be involved in the Olympics, and we will be doing everything we can to encourage schools and businesses in the borough to allow their staff and pupils to come and see it.

"Although the names of the torchbearers who will be carrying the flame through Rugby and Dunchurch have not yet been announced, we do know their stories are inspiring and it would be great if the whole of the borough came out to support them."

Schools, businesses and residents along the route can find ideas for how they can welcome the torch at www.rugby.gov.uk/london2012 and they can also sign up to receive more information as it becomes available.

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