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Olympic torch to blaze a trail through Macclesfield

The Olympic flame will blaze a trail through Macclesfield on its route to London for the opening ceremony. The Torch Relay will pass through the town on the morning of May 31, after travelling through Crewe and Congleton on its way to Knutsford.

The Olympic flame will blaze a trail through Macclesfield on its route to London for the opening ceremony.

The Torch Relay will pass through the town on the morning of May 31, after travelling through Crewe and Congleton on its way to Knutsford.

The flame will be transported between the towns in a torch vehicle convoy but the flame will not be visible until it hits town centres.

The route has been published two months in advance to give local communities time to plan activities and celebrations around the relay.

It will arrive in Macclesfield at about 9.35am starting on Congleton Road by the 30mph signs near the junction with Moss Lane, then past the Flowerpot pub and on to Oxford Road.

After passing All Hallows Catholic College, the torch will turn left on to Chester Road and pass the Broken Cross roundabout until the 40mph signs, where it will go back inside a convoy vehicle to be driven  to Knutsford at about 10.10am.

There will be some road closures which will be confirmed nearer the day.

The Olympic torch will also visit Jodrell Bank on the same day.

Local schoolchildren will be on hand to see the torch arrive at the Observatory.

Sir Bernard Lovell, founder of Jodrell Bank, said: “It’s a great honour for us and we feel very privileged to have been selected to take part in such a great national and international event.”

Staff from Cheshire East Council have begun meeting businesses that could be affected by the torch relay.

Macclesfield’s Linda Roche and Amanda Keogh are also local torch bearers.

Linda, 48,  will be joined by Joe Beswick, 80, Kane Gunter, 46, from Knutsford, Amie Kilkenny, 18, from Runcorn, Karen Ashton, 38, from Stockport. Also running through Macclesfield are Lynn Ratcliffe, 53, from Stockport and Thomas Halloway, 19, Stoke-on-Trent.

Mum-of-two Amanda, 30, will be carrying the torch through Leeds at the end of June.

The council is recruiting 300 volunteer stewards to help on May 31. Anyone aged over 16 can apply and full training will be given.  To register your interest in taking part email volunteers@cheshireeast.gov.uk . For more information on the Olympics and how you can get involved in Cheshire East go to the website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/2012 .

An average of 115 torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame each day during its 8,000 mile journey around Britain  before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium in East London on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

 

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