OLYMPIC TORCH: big crowds expected to line streets of Rugby

MHRa-25-06-12 Cawston Jun51' Fiona Warner one of the Olympic torchbearer for Rugby,visting Cawston Grange primary school,

MHRa-25-06-12 Cawston Jun51' Fiona Warner one of the Olympic torchbearer for Rugby,visting Cawston Grange primary school,

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THE spirit of London 2012 will surge through Rugby’s streets tomorrow (Monday) with the arrival of the Olympic Flame.

There are just a few weeks to go until London 2012 and Monday morning will give everyone a chance to experience the magic of the games first-hand.

Thousands of Rugbeians are expected to line the streets as 13 torchbearers begin their journey on Lawford Road near Cemex at around 8.20am, arriving in the town centre a few minutes later.

Fiona Warner, who works with children affected by mental health problems, will be carrying the flame down Corporation Street and onto North Street.

She said: “I’m so excited to be involved in the relay, my uniform arrived this week and anticipation is building rapidly.

“Excitement is also bubbling in the schools I’ve visited this week – where the children have shown real fascination in what’s going on.

“They can’t wait for the chance to see the flame close-up with their own eyes.”

Fiona was offered the chance to carry the flame after working to break down the stigma attached to mental illness among people aged five to 18.

Cllr Craig Humphrey, Rugby Borough Council leader, added: “The flame’s arrival is fantastic news for the town.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone to see some history being made here.

“If it has the same impact as the Diamond Jubilee then it will bring the whole community together, both young and old.

“I’m sure people will embrance it and the day will be remembered by all of us for many years to come.”