The Olympic flame will soon be going on an 8.000 mile journey around the UK, be carried by 115 Torchbearers per day, before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on the 27 July to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, marking the official start of the Olympic 2012 Games.
It will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population of the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, giving people the opportunity to really get involved in the Olympic spirit.
As part of its journey it will be passing through six of our branch towns/cities, including Harlow, Stansted, Bishop’s Stortford, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford and Nottingham.
Nottingham will host the Olympic Flame as it enters the City on 28 June for its 41 day Olympic Torch Relay.
In Harlow the Olympic Flame will be carried from outside the entrance of Harlow Leisurezone on Second Avenue at 7.57am on the 7 July, before making its way up Velizy Avenue. The torch will then go through Eastgate, Market Square, Westgate and onto Haydens Road down to the roundabout at Third Avenue, before making its way to Waltham Abbey.
In Bishop’s Stortford the torch will arrive at 11:17am, and will set off down Much Hadham Road, past Bishop's Stortford Rugby Club, curve around the Causeway, make its way up Hockerill and turn onto Stansted Road.
It will then arrive in Stansted Mountfitchet at about 11.50am, where it will be carried along Pines Hill, Benfleet Road and Cambridge Road, and then it will head through Newport and into Saffron Walden for 12.30pm, where about 50,000 people will be lining the streets to welcome the Olympic torch. It will then be taken along Beeches Close, Newport Road, down the High Street and onto Bridge Street. Once it reaches the junction with New Pond Lane in Saffron Walden, the Olympic flame will again be returned to the convoy vehicle to take it to its next destination.
Chelmsford will also see the Olympic torch as it passes through the famous Hyland’s Park the day before on the 6 July.
We are looking forward to welcoming the Olympic torch to all our branch towns throughout July.