Buxton Olympic Torch relay route unveiled

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THE ROUTE the London 2012 Olympic torch relay will take when its visits Buxton this summer has been unveiled.

A string of inspirational torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame during its 30-minute relay through the town on Friday June 29.

Historic landmarks to be passed along the way will include Buxton Railway Station, the Opera House and The Crescent.

David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said: “It’s great to see that, as well as taking in so much of our varied and beautiful area, the detailed torch relay route includes iconic attractions including Buxton Opera House and The Crescent.

“Excitement is building as the torch relay draws ever closer, and we’re hoping that both local people and visitors will make the most of this unique chance to enjoy the pre-Olympics fun.”

En-route from Nottingham to Derby, the Flame is scheduled to arrive in Buxton at 5.03pm, entering the town on the A6 Bakewell Road, and depart at 5.30pm on the A515 London Road.

The relay will take in the A6 Spring Gardens, A53 Bridge Street, A53 Station Road, A53 St John’s Road, Water Street, The Square, The Crescent and the A515 Terrace Road, High Street and London Road. As it progresses through the town, the relay will pass junctions with The Slopes, Bath Road, West Road, Mosley Road, Heath Grove and Highland Close.

Enthusiasts keen to watch the spectacle are advised to take up a vantage point around an hour before the Flame is due to pass by and to stand on the left-hand side of the street to grab keepsakes that Torch Relay sponsors Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will be throwing from their convoy vehicles.

High Peak Borough Council chief executive Simon Baker said: “I’m told that many of the souvenirs will be designed to wear or wave, giving well wishers a wonderful opportunity to be involved in the spirit of the occasion by creating some extra movement and colour as the Olympic Flame is carried by.”

Prominent local figure Bill Weston, a member of the world-famous Billerettes, will be one of the torchbearers, although the identities of others are yet to be revealed.

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