Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Olympic torch set to come to Solihull

THE Olympic torch will come to Solihull on Sunday.

Olympic Torch

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The national torch relay will pass through the town as part of its UK tour.

It will arrive at Solihull Lane at about 7.30am and then travel down Streetsbrook Road towards Solihull town centre.

It will join the High Street at about 8.05am and then continue into Church Hill Road, Prince's Way and Blossomfield Road, passing Tudor Grange Leisure Centre at 8.20am.

It will continue into about Marshall Lake Road at about 8.40am and then into Earlswood on Shutt Lane shortly after 9.15am, before leaving the borough at 9.30am.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council said the High Street will be an “ideal” spot to see the torch.

Parking will be free in all town centre car parks until 10am.

Council leader Ken Meeson said: “Our moment to shine is here and it will be great to see the borough play its part in the Olympic Games.

“I hope lots of residents can line the streets and help give the torch relay a big Solihull welcome.”

Among those set to take part is Solihull’s Tommy Godwin, a bronze medalist at the 1948 British Olympics.

He said: “I am very, very proud indeed to have been chosen as a Torchbearer, although, at 91 years old, I think I will complete my section as a sturdy walk rather than dashing particularly quickly!”

Former soldier Karl Hinett, 25, injured when his tank was petrol bombed in Iraq, said: “I am most looking forward to being able to be a part of the London 2012 Olympics in this special way, being greatly honoured to be chosen for this once in a life time opportunity.”

Tudor Grange Academy teacher Robert Ireland, set to be honoured for his dedication to local sport, said: “I am looking forward to representing all those teachers and coaches who willingly give up their time to help youngsters participate in sporting activities.”

See here for more details of the route and here for a full list of torchbearers.

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