COUNTDOWN TO OLYMPIC TORCH COMING TO RUGBY ON JULY 2 2012

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THE Olympic torch relay is to pass through Rugby town centre and through the heart of Dunchurch village on 2 July, giving residents a unique opportunity to see the flame on their doorstep.

Rugby Borough Council has announced the streets that the torch will be carried along, together with approximate timings.

The torch convoy, made up of support vehicles, press vans and sponsors’ trucks, will arrive at approximately 8.20am at the Cemex plant on Lawford Road.

The sponsors’ trucks will then lead the relay, a few minutes ahead of the torchbearers. A second convoy including live broadcast trucks will follow with the torchbearers, each of whom will carry the flame for approximately 300 metres.

The route will bring the Olympic flame 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 0925 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 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.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for Culture and Economy said: “Rugby plays an important part in the Olympic story and it’s fitting that the torch will come here. Pierre de Coubertin wrote of the inspiration given him by the legendary headmaster Mr 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 that 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.”

Anna Rose, Rugby Borough Council’s Head of Planning and Culture, said: “The visit of the torch on 2 July 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 that their stories are inspiring and it would be great if the whole of the borough came out to support them.”

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