BREAKING NEWS: Olympic torch route through Rugby announced

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Put Monday, July 2 in your diary!

Rugby people are being urged to line the streets and decorate the route when the Olympic flame comes to town.

Starting at Cemex at about 8.20am the procession will travel up Lawford Road, into Corporation Street, North Street, Church Street, Whithall Road, Hillmorton Road and Horton Crescent before pausing at The Close at Rugby School.

The torch will then travel past the Webb Ellis Statue, down Dunchurch Road to Harris School.

It will then be driven to the outskirts of Dunchurch where the torchbearers will carry the flame through the village.

Rugby will be celebrating its connection to the founder of the modern Olympics Pierre de Coubertin, who was inspired by Rugby School and its headmaster Dr Arnold.

The torch convoys are expected to leave the borough just before 10am. It will be Day 45 of the Oympic relay.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Culture and Economy hopes people will make the most of this once in a lifetime experience and help Rugby to shine, with gold themed decorations along the route.

“We hope everyone will come out and line the streets,” she said. “This is Rugby’s opportunity to shone. As an opening to this year’s Rugby Festival of Culture, it really couldn’t be better.”

Schools, businesses and residents along the route can fine ideas for how they can get involved and welcome the torch at: www.rugby.gov.uk/london2012.

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