Thousands expected on torch route

By Rob George 22/05 Updated: 25/05 08:59

THOUSANDS of Droitwich residents are set to line the town's streets to greet the arrival of the Olympic flame on Thursday (May 24).

The flame will visit the Spa as part of its 70 day tour of more than 1,000 UK destinations as part of the Olympic Torch Relay which began on Saturday (May 19) in Land's End.

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.

A total of 10 torchbearers will complete the Droitwich section including Droitwich residents Dawn Baylis, Ellen Evans and Trevor Griffiths and George Brunt and Pam Jones from Bromsgrove.

The flame will begin its Droitwich leg about 5.43pm at the junction of Ombersley Way and New Chawson Lane before making its way down Ombersley Way towards the Saltway roundabout.

Torchbearers will then cross the roundabout onto Covercroft, Ombersley Street East and Victoria Square before crossing the roundabout onto St Andrew's Road.

The flame will then turn right and head up Worcester Road where the Droitwich section of the relay will comes to a close at the junction with Primsland Way at around 6.15pm.

It then will be ferried from there to Droitwich Road in Fernhill Health at its junction with Post Office Lane where the next leg of the journey will begin at 6.20pm.

Teenagers Sam Spencer and Droitwich Spa High School sixth-former Matthew Drury will be among the torchbearers as the flame makes its way down Droitwich Road to the junction with Grange Lane where the Droitwich leg of the relay will come to a close at 6.34pm

After a spectacular celebration that evening at the County Ground in Worcester including the lighting of a giant cauldron, the flame will then head out again at 7.58am on Friday (May 25).

In addition to the torch relay, residents can also enjoy an entertainment extravaganza organised by Wychavon District Council in Victoria Square between 4pm and 6.30pm.

Live music from W Factor finalists, demonstrations and performances from local community groups, street entertainment and various other information stands from local groups in the area will form the backbone of the festivities.

There will also be a dance and drumming performance and a pig roast at the Red Lion pub along Worcester Road.

Visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay for a more detailed, minute-by-minute breakdown of the torch relay route.

* The Standard wants to hear from you if you are going to the torch relay and taking pictures, send your images of the event to editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk and we will publish a selection of pictures in next Friday's (June 2) Droitwich Standard.

Buy photos» A map of the route the Olympic torch will take on its journey through Droitwich on Thursday (May 24). (s)

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