Sporting Themes Set To Take Over Godalming's Olympic Torch Relay Day
By PatHill | Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 17:06
A feast of sporting spectaculars are being lined up to help celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay later this month.
The Olympic Torch set to arrive in Godalming on July 20th
Cllr. Julia Potts:“The Celebrate the Torch event will provide fun for everyone''
Cllr Robert Knowles with torchbearers, Dan Eley, Sandra Dominez, and local MP Jeremy Hunt and Austin Playfoot....but who will be the celebrity torchbearer?
Seven Torchbearers will carry the Flame through Godalming's streets when the torch arrives at the town on July 20, starting at Meadrow to the north of the town centre, through the High Street, and out along Ockford Road.
Six Torchbearers have been confirmed; the identity of a special surprise celebrity Torchbearer is a closely guarded secret.
Cllr Julia Potts,explains: "The Olympic Torch will arrive at around 5.35pm, but visitors and large crowds are expected long before, as the main 'Celebrate the Torch' event starts at 1pm on The Burys Field, and schools break up for the summer that day.
"The Celebrate the Torch event will provide fun for everyone: expect a host of sporting activities, with traditional sports-day events such as a three-legged race and tug of war, as well as a five-aside football tournament and Kwik Cricket."
Other entertainment will be on offer, such as a dobby horse, carousel and bouncy castle, and Godalming schoolchildren will also show off the giant-puppets they have made in their classrooms, with the help of local artist Darren East, and sing an Olympic anthem, written by musician Anna Tabbush.
Godalming Rock Choir will lead a singing procession and perform a 45-minute concert on The Burys Field at 6pm.
There will also be a feast of mouth-watering food concessions, including a hog roast and Thai barbecue..
Cllr Potts adds: "As enthusiasm for the Torch grows around the country, as have the crowds, so we urge residents and businesses to be mindful of this and plan their day accordingly, to make sure they enjoy this once in a lifetime Olympic experience.
"Godalming residents and businesses will need to plan ahead due to road closures on the day: there will be no vehicular access to the High Street from 2pm to around 6.30pm, and Flambard Way will be closed Guildford-bound, at the junction with Woolsack Way, from 5.30pm to 6.15pm – with a diversion along Catteshall Lane.
"We have provided lots of information for local people and businesses on our website, but if anyone has any specific queries, please do contact us."