By Tim Clarke 19/03 Updated: 19/03 15:37
THE ROUTE the Olympic Torch Relay will take on its journey through Worcester has been revealed.
Thousands of people are set to line the city's streets to greet the arrival of the iconic flame on Thursday, May 24 as part of its 70 day tour of more than 1,000 UK destinations.
And for the first time we can reveal the street-by-street journey the torch will take on its way to Worcestershire County Cricket Club's New Road ground ahead of a huge evening celebration.
The flame will be carried by torchbearers, each with their own inspirational story to tell, through Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwich Spa, and Fernhill Heath before arriving in Worcester.
The flame will then head up the Droitwich Road (A38) at about 6.36pm, starting at the roundabout junction with Coombs Road before moving along Barbourne Road, Foregate Street, The Cross, High Street, Pump Street, Friar Street, College Street, Deansway, Bridge Street, Worcester Bridge and arriving at New Road at about 7.16pm.
After a spectacular celebration at the County Ground including the lighting of a giant cauldron, the flame will then head out again at 7.58am on Friday (May 25) morning from Cathedral Plaza by the Elgar Statue, on to College Street, College Green, Kleve Walk, South Quay, New Road, Bromwich Road and Malvern Road before heading to Powick and onto Malvern.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, leader of Worcester City Council, said: “This will be Worcester’s moment to shine, and I’m really excited about seeing our local inspirational torchbearers running through the streets of our city, to bring the Olympic Flame to Worcester."
“We really want to see our residents supporting the amazing people who will be carrying the torch, so I’m hoping everyone who lives and works along the route will be out on the street to welcome the Olympic Flame.”
People will soon be able to apply for free tickets to the evening celebration and details on how to apply will be announced in the coming weeks.
Georgia Smith, head of VisitWorcester and event lead for the city, said: “The show on May 24 will start at around 5.30pm and will offer the very best chance to see the Olympic Flame, climaxing with the dramatic moment when a giant cauldron is lit.
"We’re hoping Worcester people will also be lining the streets to cheer on the flame before it arrives at the ground, and again the next morning when the next leg of the Olympic Torch Relay sets off from the Cathedral.”
A more detailed, minute-by-minute breakdown of the torch relay route is available at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay
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