The torch is coming

The torch is coming

Francis Batt

The Olympic torch is coming to the Royal Borough.

Crowds are expected to line the streets of Maidenhead, Windsor and Ascot on Tuesday (July 10) as the flame reaches the 53rd day of its historic 8,000 mile journey through the country, to reach the Olympic Stadium on July 27.

Cllr Simon Dudley, cabinet member with responsibility for the 2012 Games, said: “It’s our chance to share the country’s pride.

“We can all join in – no tickets required. Friends, families, communities and colleagues can mark the event together by lining the streets as the Olympic flame passes by and I am confident thousands of our residents of all ages will be there to cheer on the flame.”

Maidenhead's High Street with its iconic bridge across the Thames, Windsor's town centre and Long Walk and the world-famous Ascot Racecourse are among the best places to see the flame.

The first torchbearer will arrive in the Royal Borough at Bisham just after 10am as part of a ticket only event at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. The torch will next appear at Furze Platt Road by the Pinkneys Farm entrance in Maidenhead just before 10.50am. Marlow Road will provide an excellent viewing area as the torch heads into the town centre reaching Maidenhead Bridge by 11.29am. 

After a stop at Eton Dorney Lake where the Olympic rowing events will take place and then a visit to Slough, the flame will reach Windsor's Maidenhead Road opposite Vansittart Road at around 2.30pm before passing through the town centre. A good viewing area will be Arthur Road – before the torch arrives at the Castle by 2.45pm where the Queen will receive it.

Some 25 minutes later it will reappear at the top of the Long Walk for the straight run along the A308 Albert Road back into Surrey. The Long Walk is capable of accommodating 2,000 spectators comfortably and the Coldstream Guards will line the route to add to the splendour, along with 147 ambassadors and marshalls.

At around 4.25pm the flame will return to the Royal Borough at London Road, Ascot and will be carried along the High Street to the racecourse where there will also be a programme of family fun events. Entry to Ascot Racecourse will be free to the public (gates will open at 3pm and close at 7.30pm).

The Flame will leave the racecourse and continue its journey towards Bracknell at about 5.20pm.


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