Olympic Torch route through Mansfield revealed

THE route that the Olympic Torch will take when it is carried through the streets of Mansfield on Thursday 28th June was announced on Monday morning.

On its journey through the town, the Torch will pass through the town centre, where street entertainers will line the route, as well as stopping off for a crew break at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Many schools across Mansfield and Ashfield have already registered an interest in bringing pupils along to the once in a lifetime event.

Mayor Tony Egginton said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch and the inspirational torchbearers pass through the streets of our District and I welcome everyone to come along and experience this truly historical moment.”

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Torch will be at Peafield Lane in Mansfield Woodhouse at around 11.38am on 28th June and then go along Leeming Lane North,

Leeming Lane South, Birding Street and Westdale Road before an hour long break for the Torch crew at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, from around 12.05-1.05pm.

The Torch will then continue along Westdale Road, West Bank Lea, Stone Cross Lane, West Bank Avenue, Chesterfield Road South (approx 1.11pm), West Gate (approx 1.14pm), Church Street, Bridge Street, Ratcliffe Gate (approx 1.21pm), Rock Hill and Southwell Road West.

Earlier in the morning the torch will pass through Kirton, Boughton and Edwinstowe, stopping off at the Major Oak.

See this week’s Chad for more details and a map of the route on the big day.