Ready and waiting to welcome Torch

London 2012 Olympic Torch prototype
London 2012 Olympic Torch prototype
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THE wait is over – the Olympic Torch is coming to Milton Keynes on Monday.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route as the Torch takes in two courses around the city – first in Central Milton Keynes and then in Bletchley.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

At 8.34am, the first torch bearers will be handed the flame on Childs Way, before turning right along Secklow Gate to pass by Xscape, The Point and over thecentre:mk.

The Torch will then turn left onto Silbury Boulevard, making its way down to the new Network Rail headquarters.

Proceedings will then head to Bletchley, picking up on Saxon Street, by the bus station before heading into Bletchley Park, home of the Codebreakers.

From there, it will head back to Buckingham Road, ending outside Chestnuts Primary School, giving pupils there a Monday morning to remember forever.

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park

But before you know it, the hysteria will be over as it heads off up the A421 to Buckingham for a 10.21am start.

Milton Keynes Council Leader Andrew Geary said: “The Olympic torch is a symbol of striving for the very best, that super positive ‘can do’ attitude which embodies the spirit of Milton Keynes and its residents.

“It will be a very proud day for our city and the whole of the borough and we hope people turn out in their droves to cheer on our torchbearers.”

With the British Grand Prix just up the road at Silverstone on Sunday, 2008 F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will be running with the torch on Monday, though he admits he ‘doesn’t know’ where he will be taking part.

But it’s not just about July 9, as people from Milton Keynes have got their hands on the Torch all over the country already.

Alan Matthews ran with it on June 17 in County Durham, which was Day 30 of the relay. As a permanent reminder of what a great experience it was, he had a tattoo of the Olympic torch done on his forearm.

He is currently enjoying visiting schools in and around Milton Keynes letting the pupils carry his torch.

Alan, Julia Thornton and Tony Daglish, all members of the David Lloyd Redway Runners, have already run on the relay and showed off their torches at a club meeting this week.

Peter Howard from Tattenhoe ran his leg in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, after he was nominated by his Coca-Cola colleagues for raising in excess of £160,000 for charity.

Jennifer Cook will be carrying the Olympic torch on July 8 in Bedford with Ian Estick, founder of the Daniel Estick Trust, running the following day in Aylesbury.

Ian, of Woburn Sands, set up the Trust with his wife in 2009 after they tragically and suddenly lost their son Daniel.

Gloria Chaplin, 69, has shown that age is just a number by being picked to run with the torch in Winslow on July 9. This week she received her running attire and is now getting excited for her big moment.

Katie Spaughton, 13, from Browns Wood, carried the torch in Rugby on July 2 while Allan Grainger and Luke Webb will carry the torch in Milton Keynes on July 9 with Hazel Staten and Sean Vendy running in Bletchley on the same date.

For the latest action and reaction from the events on Monday, visit www.miltonkeynes.co.uk

> People can also follow all the latest on our Olympic Torch page where we will have all the latest news and pictures from the torch relay.