Olympic Flame to make guest appearance in Tonbridge

PUBLISHED: 20:39 14 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013

On 17 July the Olympic Flame will come to Tonbridge and Dame Kelly Holmes will be photographed with a Torch along with Frank Verge who, in 1948, aged 22, ran with the Olympic Torch from Platt through Ightham

Olympic Flame to make guest appearance in Tonbridge


On Tuesday 17 July the Olympic Flame will come to Tonbridge and Dame Kelly Holmes will be photographed with a Torch along with Frank Verge, who in 1948, at the age of 22, ran with the Olympic Torch from Platt through Ightham.


This is an unexpected visit to Tonbridge announced by LOCOG and does not alter the previously agreed and publicised route of the Olympic Torch. It is whats called a spider event and has come out of the blue but provides an opportunity for Tonbridge to play host to the Olympic Flame! Contrary to some of the publicity relating to this, it is purely a static event and although it is an official LOCOG event it will sadly not present Dame Kelly with the opportunity to run with the Torch.


All the schools in Tonbridge have been invited to send a group of children to take part in a viewing on the Castle Lawn . They will be able to see the Flame and participate in a warm up session with Tonbridges premier athlete. This event will be restricted to the school children but so as not to disappoint residents and workers in Tonbridge, Dame Kelly will also light a Torch from the Flame on the Castle Wall and members of the public will get a good view from the Big Bridge area of the High Street. The Flame will arrive in Tonbridge shortly after 12.15pm and will leave by 12.45pm. The Torch will be lit during this time.


The Gatehouse and the Castle Grounds will be closed to the general public until after the event and The High Street will be closed from Avebury Avenue to Bordyke from 11.30am to 2pm.


Cllr Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councils Cabinet Member for Leisure, Youth and Arts said: This is agood opportunity for Tonbridge and we are delighted that the Olympic Flame will be visiting the town after all and are thrilled that Dame Kelly will be flying the flag for Tonbridge. It is a great pity that LOCOG did not include Tonbridge on the Torch Relay route in the first instance. This would have given us plenty of time to plan, but even given the time constraints I am sure this"guest appearance"in Tonbridge, will be welcomed by our residents. . It is really fitting that we will be welcoming our veteran Olympic Torch Runner, Frank Verge, who we look forward to seeing making his own guest appearance on behalf of all the runners of 1948.


For the most up-to-date information please check with the Councils website www.tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 770929.


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