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The Torch Relay travels in two ways – driven as a convoy of vehicles and then travelling more slowly when each Torchbearer carries the Torch for 300m. Several official Olympic sponsors will be sending promotional vehicles ahead of the Torchbearers.
Central Milton Keynes
The Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Milton Keynes on 9 July 2012, travelling from Luton along the A5. Starting at 8.30am on Childs Way, Torchbearers will carry the Torch along Secklow Gate and Silbury Boulevard, finishing at 9.00am where Silbury Boulevard meets Grafton Gate.
The convoy will drive to Bletchley, and at 9.05am arrives at Saxon Street, near the roundabout to Princes Road. Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame west along Buckingham Road and it will stop briefly at BletchleyPark from 9.10am to 9.40am (private event). At 10.05am the convoy will travel to Oxford, leaving on the A421.
What to expect on the day
Cars will not be allowed to park on the torch route itself - all vehicles obstructing the route will be towed away for security reasons and police, traffic marshals and stewards will be positioned along the route to offer advice
Roads will be closed along the 'Torchbearer route' to allow the safe passage of the Olympic Torch, Torchbearers and spectators. We are currently reviewing the timing of the closures based on information we are receiving from other authorities and also based on the expected crowd numbers. The latest that the roads in Central Milton Keynes will close will be 8am, possibly earlier. In Bletchley we are expecting roads to close from 8-8.30am.
If you are a business and normally receives deliveries on a Monday, see customers by appointment, or just as you consider the arrival of your employees, please ensure alternative arrangements are made to minimise disruption
Please remove any commercial waste bins or bags outside your premises
Public transport in the area may be disrupted
If you are a restaurant or catering outlet with toilet facilities, perhaps you could consider allowing members of the public to use your amenities for that morning.
Some schools are planning to bring pupils to view the Torch Relay.
Meet Your Torchbearers
|Name: Allan Grainger
Hometown: Milton Keynes
Nomination: Alan Grainger, an ex Scottish professional boxer, peaked in his day to the highest of this sport. Through the StreetGames:MK project, Allan volunteers 7 hours of him time each week to the cause. A boxing club set up by SG:MK and with the inspiration from Allan for the need to get '?the kids off the streets'. He has trained to be a level 2 boxing coach and heads the MKAABC, which in the past nine months seen over 120 people through the door. He coaches over 40 young people a week with the drive to inspire and employ drive and passion into them. Allan is a respected community member with strong ambition to tackle anti-social behaviour in youths within his surrounding community.
|Name: Luke Webb
Hometown: Milton Keynes
Nomination: Throughout his life Luke has shown an outstanding determination to succeed despite suffering from a serious life-long illness, and being severely dyslexic. For many years he has inspired other young people, by giving up his spare time to lead residential adventure holidays for young people, who like him, suffer from Primary Immune Deficiency. In 2004 he was awarded the RADAR Young Person's Award for the Furtherance of Human Rights for Disabled People. Despite his own learning difficulties and ill health he achieved a BA Honours degree in 2006. He works as a Boarding Master in a School for Specific Learning Difficulties. This year he has been awarded an Achievement Award by the Primary Immune Deficiency Association for his Voluntary Work over many years.
|Name: Susannah Hunt
Hometown: Bishops Frome
Nomination: Susannah is outstanding! Vivacious and altruistic, she has just recently literally gone the extra mile (26 in fact!) in a sponsored walk (in the pouring rain) for charity, and is currently in Ghana helping to build, and teach in, a school. Here in the UK at Malvern College she has gained an Honorary Scholarship for her excellent GCSE results and hard work this year; she shines on stage, recently as a dynamic Danny in Grease; and she excels in sport: in hockey, lacrosse and especially in athletics. She is the school record holder for throwing the Javelin, Malvern Districts Senior Girls Javelin Champion and Gold Medallist Senior Girls Javelin at the County Track and Field Championships this year.
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