Countdown to Torch Relay

Wed, 20/06/2012 - 11:04

We're counting down the days to when the Olympic Flame will travel through the district

The Olympic Torch Relay is on its way to Lichfield City and District on 30 June 2012, and excitement is mounting in the lead up to the historic day.  

The Olympic Flame will be visiting the National Memorial Arboretum at around 8.30am, and then travelling through Streethay at approximately 9.14am. It is expected to arrive in Lichfield City at 9.20am. It will then be driven to Hopwas, where Torchbearers will pick up the Flame at approximately 10.08am.  

Lichfield District Council is expecting thousands of people to flock to Lichfield City to see this once in a lifetime spectacle, so the council is keen to remind visitors that the roads along the route will be closed to traffic from around 8.30am until the Relay has passed.   

Councillor Val Richards commented: "We have closely followed the experience of other towns and cities that have hosted the Olympic Torch Relay, and know thousands of people have arrived early to secure a place along the route.  

"We are keen to encourage anyone who wants to watch the Flame pass through our district to arrive early, particularly if they want to park in our city centre car parks, as roads and car parks along the route will be closed to traffic from 8.30am until the Flame has passed. This also means, if you live near to the route, you will need to plan ahead as access through Streethay, Lichfield City and Hopwas will be affected.  

"In addition, many roads in the heart of the city will be closed throughout the day to allow celebratory events to take place."    

Burntwood Town Council is providing a free Park and Ride service to help people get into the city to watch the Relay. Outward buses will leave from Sankey's Corner and Burntwood Leisure Centre between 7am and 8.30am. Full details are available at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/2012  

Councillor Rod Campbell, Chairman of Burntwood Town Council, commented: "We know how busy the roads and car parks are going to be and we were really keen to help people get into the city to watch this once in a lifetime event, and we thought a park and ride would be a great service to offer our residents." 

Many of the city's car parks will be affected, which means visitors will need to arrive early to secure parking spaces. The only car parks run by Lichfield District Council that will not be subject to the road closures are the Beacon Park car parks and Lombard Street car park. To celebrate the passing of the Torch, if anyone parks in a district council managed short-stay car parks before 8.30am on Saturday 30 June 2012 and buys a one-hour ticket for 90p, it will be valid until 11.30am. 

Lichfield District Council is working in partnership to host a day of fantastic events to celebrate the Olympic Torch passing through the city and district.  

City festivities include a vintage car parade, a sports day for younger children, the Lichfield Dash featuring Roger Black OBE, Cars in the Park, music, comedy and drama on the Market headlined by Alvin Stardust and his band, a floating candle display on Minster Pool and much more. Events taking place across the district include the Armed Forces Day at the National Memorial Arboretum and a fun day at Streethay.  

Councillor Val Richards concluded: "This is such an exciting day for Lichfield District and we hope lots of people will join us in lining the streets to cheer on the Torchbearers. We don't want anyone to miss the opportunity, which is why we're reminding everyone to plan their journey in advance. 

"Many thanks to everyone involved in making 30 June 2012 a day to remember. We hope everyone will enjoy seeing the Flame and the celebrations that will be taking place across the district."  

To see the route, more information about road closures, and the times the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through local streets, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/2012. The website also has a full programme of the events and activities taking place across the district to celebrate this historic day.   

Councillor Pat Corfield, Staffordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, said: "We want everyone to join in celebrating this momentous event, and as a council, we are doing everything we can to minimise any disruption. 

"With less than two weeks to go, it will be such an honour to see the Olympic Torch being carried by representatives from across the county, and I want everyone, young and old to come out, line the streets and cheer them on." 

Olympic Torch Relay

8.37am
The Olympic Flame will start its journey in the district at the National Memorial Arboretum. It will then be transported in convoy to Streethay.

9.14am
Torchbearers will begin their leg of the Olympic Torch Relay down the A5127 through Streethay. 

9.20am
The Flame will enter Lichfield via Trent Valley Road. It will be carried through the streets of Lichfield City, passing landmarks along the way, including Market Square, Lichfield Cathedral and Beacon Park. The Flame will then be carried along Upper St John Street and will exit the city where Tamworth Road meets Cricket Lane, from where it will be driven to Hopwas. 

10.08am
Torchbearers will pick up the Flame and run through the village of Hopwas and on towards Tamworth. 

Programme of events on Saturday 30 June 2012 

Vintage Cars Parade
Presented by the Online Austin 7 Club
Streethay and Lichfield - From 8.30am

A parade of vintage cars in advance of the Torch Relay through the city, finishing in a display on the forecourt of Tempest Ford. 

Art in the Park
Museum Gardens - 10.30am to 5pm

Olympic flag themed art by school children from across the district will be processed at 10.30am through the park and then displayed in Museum Gardens. 

Mambo Sports Day & T-Rex
Beacon Park - 10.30am to 3pm

Younger children can have fun on a giant T-Rex inflatable from 10.30am, and take part in a Mambo Sports Day at 11am. You can also cheer on local pupils taking part in a Community Games. 

Cars in the Park
Beacon Park - 9am to 5pm

A display of classic cars from across the ages (on 30 June and 1 July). Arena events and stalls. www.carsinthepark.com

Florette Lichfield Dash
The Close - 10am to 12noon

A series of races culminating in the Lichfield Dash at 12noon to see who can run round Cathedral Close in a race against the chimes of the cathedral bells. Olympic athlete Roger Black MBE will make a guest appearance. 

Music and Theatre
Presented by the M6 Toll
Market Square - 9.45am to 4.30pm

Alvin Stardust and his band will headline a day of music, comedy and drama on a stage in the Market Square.

Floating Flames
Museum Gardens - 10am to 5pm
Minster Pool - 5pm to 10pm

Join a workshop to create origami boats between 10am and 5pm, or watch the boats carrying a tiny flame float away as part of a candlelit evening event from 5pm to 10pm. 

Cirque Olympique
Minster Pool Walk - 10am to 2pm

Presented by Lichfield Arts and Lichfield Juggling Club. Watch displays in juggling, diabolos, plate spinning and more. Circus skills workshops at 11am & 12.30pm. 

Silly Games
Minster Hall Youth Centre - 10am to 4pm

Sporty arts and crafts, silly games, coffee bar, nail art, indoor sports and BBQ. 

National Town Crier Competition
Speakers' Corner - 12.15pm and 3pm

Cries will start at Speakers' Corner, take place across the city, and finish at 3pm with a Performance at Speakers' Corner. 

The Peoples' Saturday
Speakers' Corner - 12noon

Olympic athlete and Commonwealth gold medallist, Ashia Hansen, will be speaking at the final Peoples' Saturday of the series. 

Stowe Sailing Regatta and Climbing Wall
Stowe Pool Regatta - 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm.
Climbing Wall - 10am to 3pm

Watch school children take part in a sailing regatta. There will also be a climbing wall on Stowe Fields for ages six and above.