District all set for Olympic Torch

By IH 29/06 Updated: 29/06 07:33

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The Olympic Torch arrives this weekend. (s)

THOUSANDS are set to line the streets when the Olympic Torch arrives this weekend.

The torch will make its way through Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth on Sunday (July 1) - on day 44 of its journey across the UK.

St Nicholas Park in Warwick will host a fun day from 12.30pm to 3.30pm – featuring a fun run, cheerleaders, brass band and dance sessions - ahead of the arrival of the torch in the town on the Stratford road just after 3.30pm.

It will then go to Warwick Castle before head through the town at 4.25pm, along West Street, High Street, Castle Hill, Banbury Road, past St Nicholas Park and leaving the town on Myton Road at 4.40pm en route to Leamington.

The Pump Room Gardens in Leamington will also host a fun day from noon to 4pm – featuring storytelling, sports activities, street performers and music – with the torch arriving along Lower Lane just before 5pm. It will then head up The Parade and reach Clarendon Avenue for 5.10pm, before making its way along Kenilworth Road.

Kenilworth's Abbey Fields and Abbey End host a fun day from noon to 4.30pm - featuring a triathlon, dressage show, music, BMX demonstrations, sports and a Punch and Judy show - ahead of the torch's arrival at St John's Street just before 5.30pm.

It will continue on to Smalley Place and reach Kenilworth Castle just before 5.45pm, before carrying on up Castle Hill and Hight Street toward Coventry Road, from where it will leave the district just before 6.10pm.

Warwick District Council leisure spokeswoman Coun Sue Gallagher said: “We have so much organised for the torch relay that we hope to see everyone out on the streets and in our parks celebrating this once in a lifetime event.”

By the time the torch arrives at the Olympic stadium for the start of the Games, on July 27, some 8,000 runners will have covered 8,000 miles up and down the country across the 70 days of the relay.

Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/london2012 for more information on the events and torch route.

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