Sutton's Olympic torch relay route revealed 19.03.12
The countdown to a bumper summer of celebrations in Sutton began today as the route of the Olympic torch relay was revealed.
The Olympic flame will arrive from Greece in May when the relay to precede the start of the 2012 Games kicks off in Land's End. It will then continue for 70 days until the opening ceremony on 27 July.
The torch is set to arrive in Sutton on 23 July. It will enter the borough via Croydon Road at about 2pm and continue along Acre Lane to the centre of Carshalton.
From Carshalton Ponds, torchbearers will make their way to Sutton High Street where crowds are expected to line the street for a glimpse of the historic torch.
The torch will then continue along Angel Hill and Sutton Common Road before leaving the borough via Bishopsford Road.
Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries at Sutton Council, said: "The Olympics are just around the corner and the announcement of the route through Sutton will give residents the chance to start planning the build up to the greatest sporting event in the world.
"I hope lots of local people will take to the streets to cheer the torch on its way through our borough, just a few days before the Games begin. It's going to be a fantastic day and I'm sure we'll all remember it for years to come."
A total of 23 torch bearers will carry the torch during its two-hour journey through Sutton. One of them, John Dawson, 45, is from Sutton. A major road accident in 2001 left John in a coma for many weeks. It was not clear if he would ever regain speech and movement but eventually emerged to face life blind and with major nerve and brain damage.
John is now a committed volunteer and gives up his time to help and inspire others. No stranger to sporting achievements, in 2006 he completed the London Marathon and in 2010 rode a tandem in the London to Paris Bike Ride. His many fundraising achievements include setting up an activity club for visually impaired children.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: "Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Sutton's moment to shine."
The full street-by-street relay route can be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay
Last updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2012