The Staffordshire Olympic Torch Relay route and road closure information
LAST month the Olympic Torch Relay passed through north Staffordshire, where thousands of people turned out to celebrate and encourage those torchbearers from the local community.
From fundraising heroes to figures from the region’s sporting world, the county ensured the torch had a warm welcome during its two day visit on May 30 and May 31.
But don’t panic if you were not able to catch a glimpse of the procession first time round because this Saturday the torch is set to return.
During day 42 of its journey to the capital for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games the torch will pass through the east and south of Staffordshire before finishing for an evening celebration in Birmingham.
The relay will be in Burton-on-Trent from 7.31am to 8.21am on June 30, taking in Burton’s Coors Brewery, the Cooper’s Square Shopping Centre and the Pirelli Stadium.
The Torch will be taken down Derby Road via Station Street and Union Street before moving along Evershed Way and heading out of town along Wellington Road.
The Flame will head for the National Memorial Arboretum at 8.30am before heading along Burton Road in Streethay and arriving in Lichfield at about 9.20am.
Tony Pulis carries the Olympic flame through Stoke-on-Trent on May 31.
The Torch will travel up Trent Valley Road, down Greenhill and Tamworth Street, then onto Conduit Street, Dam Street, and then round The Close.
The Flame will be carried down Bird Street, St John Street, Upper St John Street, and Tamworth Road.
It will then continue its journey through Hopwas at about 10.08am and onto Tamworth.
The Tamworth leg of the relay will start at about 10am.
It will be carried by a number of torch bearers down Lichfield Road, onto Lichfield Street, Silver Street and then into the Castle Grounds, where it will make a short stop.
Organisers are urging people to line the route at suggested viewing areas to get the best sight of the Torch, rather than congregate in Castle Grounds.
The Castle Grounds is hosting an Olympic Festival including an opening and closing ceremony and hundreds of school children will be taking part to welcome the torch.
The flame is passed between two torchbearers during a ‘kiss’ in Stoke-on-Trent on May 30.
The Olympic Flame will continue to make its way along the A34 through Great Wyrley at 11.12am and then onto Newtown at 11.43am-11.49am, before heading on to Walsall and finally Birmingham for the evening celebration.
So if you missed out on last month’s experience, this weekend is an ideal opportunity to make amends.