In depth: Olympic torch route through West Norfolk

The Olympic torch will pass some of King's Lynn's historic landmarks when it visits the town on its way to the Olympic Park.

Today is the first time the EDP can reveal street-by-street detail of the route the historic flame will take in West Norfolk.

On July 4, the Olympic Flame will arrive in West Norfolk and we will be carried by torchbearers along roads in King's Lynn, South Wootton, Sandringham and East and West Rudham.

Residents schools and businesses are being encouraged to make plans to come along to line the routes as the Olympic Flame passes through.

Having arrived by convoy, the first stage of torchbearers carrying the flame will begin on London Road in King's Lynn, near to Checker Street, shortly after midday.


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It will pass by the iconic Greyfriars Tower and the Grade II listed park The Walks, continuing along St James Road before turning into Blackfriars Street.

It will then be carried along New Conduit Street through the Vancouver Quarter before turning right into High Street and then onto the historic Tuesday Market Place at 12.15pm.

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The flame will then be carried along St Nicholas Street, St Ann's Street, North Street passing St Nicholas Chapel and True's Yard museum before turning left onto John Kennedy Road. It will then head right onto Loke Road and Columbia Way before arriving at Lynnsport.

After a brief lunchtime stop, the flame will then be driven out of the town centre and the next stage of torchbearers carrying the flame will commence at about 1.45pm on Low Road, near to South Wootton Lane, on the outskirts of the town and will carried until Langley Road.

The flame will return to convoy mode to head to East and West Rudham - the torch relay's final West Norfolk community on the route.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk council cabinet member, said: 'We are absolutely delighted that there are so many opportunities for people in West Norfolk to come along to see the torch.

'By announcing the details now, people can start to plan where they want to see the torch and our communities on route can plan how they are going to celebrate the arrival of the torch.

'We are also fortunate that the torch will be stopping at Lynnsport at lunchtime. This has provided us with an opportunity to involved local schools in a small, invitation-only event to celebrate the Olympics.

'The torch relay will be quite a spectacle and I hope that many West Norfolk residents will take the opportunity to witness it for themselves and really help us to celebrate the countdown to London 2012.'

Roger Partridge, sports development manager at the borough council, added: 'We want people to line every inch of this route and cheer on the different torchbearers into and through the town.'

The children at Greyfriars Primary School are already excited about lining the pavement outside their school on London Road to cheer the torchbearers and wave British flags.

Steve Blakie, deputy headteacher at the school, said: 'After hearing the Olympic torch will be coming past the school, the children were delighted and now they can't wait to get out there to see it go past.

'We teachers are also really looking forward to it. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event and one we intend to really get involved in.

'I hope the Olympic Games will really inspire our children to get involved in different sports and become the next generation of Olympic athletes.'

Abbie Panks, marketing and events manager at the Vancouver Quarter, added: 'It's very exciting that the torch is coming through the heart of the town and hopefully lots of people will pack the Vancouver Quarter to catch a glimpse of the flame passing through here.'

Street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the flame will travel through Norfolk can be viewed in full by clicking the link on the right-hand side of this page.

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 July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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