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Monday, 23 July 2012

We are looking forward to the Olympic Torch Relay in Ealing

Tomorrow (Tuesday) will see both hot weather, touch wood, and the Olympic Torch Relay when it makes its journey through Ealing tomorrow afternoon.

Christopher Bury holding the Olympic torch
About a year ago myself, leaders of the other two political parties and the Mayor of Ealing, selected those to carry the torch. I was very proud to sift through the applications and select those residents who have given so much to Ealing. The torch bearers will be Brentside High School pupil, Sydney Richards and Southall charity worker and volunteer, Tom Thacker. I hope they have a great day.

The Torch Relay moves at approximately 4 mph and the torch bearers are accompanied by a convoy of vehicles from the Olympic Games organisers, sponsors and the police. Ealing Council have stated the approximate timings for the relay route through Ealing:

17:00: Northala Fields
17:16: Leaves Northala Fields
17:19: Kensington Road
17:25: Lady Margaret Road
17:47: Southall High Street
17:50: Uxbridge Road A4020
18:05: Hanwell
18:15: West Ealing
18:32: New Broadway A4020 (Ealing Town Hall)
18:34: High Street B455
18:37: Ealing Green
18:39: St Mary's Road
18:44: Church Lane, Ealing
18:45: Culmington Road
18:47: Lammas Park Gardens
18:48: Walpole Park

An evening of free family entertainment will be held at Walpole Park to celebrate Ealing being one of only six London boroughs chosen to host the Olympic torch in an over-night stopover. Ealing Council has arranged for a giant screen to be set so that people without tickets will be able to watch the action from the stage. The screen will be in a different part of the park and although no tickets are required to get into the area capacity is limited to 6,000.

Gates to Walpole Park will open at 4pm. Music, dance and other performances will begin at 5.30pm. The Olympic Torch will arrive at approximately 6.50pm and the event is due to finish at approximately 7.30pm.

Get there early [practice for when the Olympic Games starts] and have a great evening if you are going.

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