‘This is the way to light up Oldham’ announced the Oldham Chronicle earlier this week, as the route for the Olympic torch was revealed.
The torch will be taken through Manchester and Stockport then onto to Oldham before heading on to Yorkshire as part of the 10-week relay that will see the torch cover about 8,000 miles. It is set to arrive at 10.45am on the 24th June, coming to the borough via Ashton Road (A627) from outside Hathershaw College before heading into the town centre.
There have been 10 people chosen for the honour of carrying the torch through Oldham. These range from two 12 year olds from Manchester to 94 year old Thora Beddard from Ashton who will take part in the relay. The lucky few were chosen out of 60,000 candidates, so should be thrilled to become torchbearers for the day.
The London 2012 Olympic Torch is made from an aluminium alloy, and features 8,000 circles representing the 8,000 people who will carry it around the UK. It will take 70 days and an average of 117 people a day for it to reach its final destination at the Olympic stadium on the 27th July.
London 2012 organisers have released the estimated arrival times for the torch, which can be found