Borough residents encouraged to support the Paralympic torch

Borough residents encouraged to support the Paralympic torch

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Amanda Hall

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Borough residents encouraged to support the Paralympic torch

To keep the spirit of the Games alive residents are being urged to line the streets to support the Paralympic torch relay as it makes its way to London.

Although the torch will not pass through our area it will travel through nearby Ayelsbury and Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire.

The 24-hour journey will start at 8pm on Tuesday, August 28, in Stoke Mandeville, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, before heading to Stratford Village for the opening ceremony the following day.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member for the 2012 Games, said: "Although the relay does not come through our area, borough residents can show enthusiastic support by checking the route through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and London and turning out in force to give it a grand reception.

"Huge numbers of us have been enthused and uplifted by the Olympic Games and now we have the opportunity to keep up the momentum by supporting the Paralympic torch relay and the amazing torchbearers as they make this historic journey."

Athletes will be competing in rowing events once again at Eton Dorney Lake between September 1 and 3.

More than 10,000 spectators are expected to visit the venue each day.

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