Final details for Greg Rutherford’s parade in Woburn Sands revealed

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford
Olympic champion Greg Rutherford

THE final itinery for Friday’s parade through Woburn Sands in honour of Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford has been announced.

Woburn Sands Town Council, which organised the event, revealed the final arrangements today.

The parade recgnises Woburn Sands resident Rutherford’s achievement in this summer’s Olympic Games. He jumped 8.31m to claim gold in the Olympic Stadium on August 4.

It will start at 4.30pm when a vintage open-top bus will take Rutherford and his guests from Frost Garden Centre in Newport Road, via Station Road and Theydon Avenue to The Leys, which will be suitably bedecked with bunting, and on to the Mowbray Green (Hardwick Place).

Here, at about 4.45pm, after an official welcome by Woburn Sands Town Mayor, Councillor David Hopkins, the celebratory plaque and installation, which has been part sponsored by Serco, will be unveiled by Rutherford himself.

At about 5pm, Rutherford will continue on the open top bus via Hardwick Road, the High Street and Station Road to The Summerlin Centre on Station Road, where after a short drinks reception for invited guests, it is planned that the Olympic star will be able to sign autographs for fans.

The town council is encouraging as many people as possible to line the route waving flags.

Residents from the town who were Olympic and Paralympic Games Makers or workers will also be involved.

Roads on the route will be closed for the duration of the celebrations.

Woburn Sands Town Mayor David Hopkins said: “This is a once in a lifetime occasion – a real honour for Woburn Sands and a chance for the town to express its pride and delight in Greg’s success. We hope for good weather and for a large turn out from anyone who would like to join us.”