The Olympic Torch will be coming through Southwark on Thursday 26th July on it’s final route to the Olympic Park for the start of the Olympics.
In the hands of 15 Torchbearers it will travel across the Millennium Bridge, past Shakespeare’s Globe and through the Old Kent Road before stopping for lunch at Harris Academy in Peckham before continuing on through Camberwell.
I hadn’t really got into the Olympic spirit before now. We hadn’t got any tickets in the ballot so I think that was probably why I wasn’t looking forward to it but a friend has offered to take 9yo and 7yo as guests so that puts a whole new perspective on it! That and the fact that we’ll all see Andy Murray at Wimbledon again after his fantastic match yesterday which has been my sporting highlight of the year.
I’ve seen that Southwark Council has put out a call for up to 100 volunteer stewards to come forward to help ensure the event runs smoothly. The selected volunteers will receive training in dealing with the public, crowd management, identifying hazards and responding to them. All Olympic torch stewards will be required to attend a training session on Thursday 19 July between 5pm and 6.30pm at 160 Tooley Street and must be available from 8am to 1.30pm on Thursday 26 July. Prospective volunteers should apply online before 9am on Monday 16 July.
So I think we should come out and cheer on the torchbearers as the torch makes its final approach to the start of the Games.
2012 banners are going up alongside the route and across many high streets. I think it’s nearly time to get festive and get out the bunting!
For all the latest information on the Games, please go to the London2012 website.