Olympic Torch fever hots up

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Joshua Appleton carries the 'Olympic Flame' on behalf of St Bede's RC Primary School
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Joshua Appleton carries the 'Olympic Flame' on behalf of St Bede's RC Primary School

THE Olympic Torch will touch down in Chorley on Friday – and the excitement is at boiling point.

Thousands of people are set to line the route as torchbearers take the iconic flame on the A6 Bolton Road, through Chorley town centre, Euxton, and out to Croston.

It will be an early start with the first torchbearer taking the flame at 7.20am, just before Albany Science College and St George’s Primary School.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “Seeing all the Olympic Torch coverage is really helping to build the excitement ahead of its arrival here in Chorley and we want as many local people as possible to share in the moment.”

And there will be free parking on all council-owned car parks in Chorley town centre until 9am.

Schools across the borough have been carrying out their own Olympic Torch relay, with children running to each school, handing it over along the way. Among them were St Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Clayton Green, who took control of the torch on Thursday from Westwood Primary School.

Headteacher Jenny Kennedy said: “We lined either side of the driveway of the school and we had the year 5s playing saxophone.

“Our whole school was out waiting and as we could see the big flag coming towards us we all started cheering.

“The pupils came down the drive and ran right through all the children, around the playground, and handed it to us. It was so exciting.

“Then 14 of our children set off to to Manor Road Primary School in Clayton-le-Woods.

“It made it such a memorable occasion for the children and, with seeing the real torch on TV, it really brought it home.”

- See this week’s Chorley Guardian for a four-page pullout on the Olympic Torch and a map of the full route