Relay relay excited over Olympic Torch

One of the torch-bearers, Cameron Foster
One of the torch-bearers, Cameron Foster

AFTER months of excitement and anticipation the Olympic torch relay will finally be welcomed into Wigan during its journey across the country.

It will arrive in Lowton at 3.20pm, Thursday, and spend around two hours in the borough being carried for the majority of its journey by specially-picked torch-bearers.

Preparations for the big day have been going on for the last few months and a packed day of activities and events has been put on for the people of Wigan to enjoy.

Many of those selected to carry the torch are local, all of whom will enjoy their own leg at different parts across the borough.

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Wigan Council Leader Lord Smith said: “We have a great tradition of sport and of course a reputation for friendly welcomes and we are proud to be a part of the route chosen by the London organisers.

“I would like to wish all the Torch-bearers and their families and supporters all the very best for their big day.

“Whether they are local or guests in our communities, I know borough residents will give them all a great welcome as we come together to cheer on the Olympic Flame.”

Right across the borough communities have been busy planning celebratory events, parties and ways to celebrate the borough’s moment in the international spotlight.

Organisers have said that the presenting partner vehicles will hand out Torch Relay keepsakes from the left hand side of the vehicles throughout the day.

As well as events along the route, there will be plenty going on across the borough for people to get involved in.

Celebrations start well before the arrival of the Torch itself with local schools invited to take part in various sports, including 100m, 110m hurdles and Active Living activities, all with Wigan Athletic Community Trust representation at Mesnes Park.

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Coun Chris Ready, Wigan Council Cabinet member for Leisure, said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work with schools and other people across the whole borough, not just along the torch route.

“It will be a really special day for Wigan and I really hope as many people get involved right across town.

“Let’s make Wigan the best place in the country to welcome the torch!”

Road users have been warned to be aware of congestion when the route passes the East Lancs A580 as well as Wigan and Hindley town centres at peak times.

The emergency services will be operating as normal and officers have worked closely with them and with local businesses to ensure people are aware of the events of the afternoon and get the best from the borough’s special day.