Olympic torch arrives in Berkshire

Published: 10 Jul 2012 11:205 comments

THIS is the picture of the Olympic torch arriving in Maidenhead.

Shining Light: Adam Chojnacki, 32, from Windsor, collects the Olympic Flame at the Gardner Road and A308 Cookham Road junction

Just minutes ago Adam Chojnacki, 32, from Windsor, collects the Olympic Flame at the Gardner Road and A308 Cookham Road junction at the first changeover in the town.

The flame will arrive in Reading at 6.14pm when it will set off from London Road in East Reading, carried by Reading Pride chairwoman Lorna McArdle.

Quentin Gunderson, headteacher of The Lighthouse Group in Calcot, which provides education for pupils excluded from school, will be the last torchbearer of the day, carrying the flame into the Madejski Stadium to light a cauldron on stage before the Olympic party begins.

Crowds of around 20,000 people will fill the stadium to watch more than 300 performers from around Reading stage dance and drama performances, as well as theatre and sporting spectacles.

Rock band Young Guns and Britain's Got Talent finalists Twist and Pulse will also perform at the party, which begins at 6.50pm.

The Torch Relay starts up again in Caversham Court Gardens at 8.04am tomorrow where a host of Olympic and Paralympic heroes will gather to wave off the day's first torchbearer, Reading policeman Lee Umpleby,

Reading Borough Council has reassured motorists that plans are in place to manage traffic while main roads around the town are closed for the relay during the evening and morning rush hours.

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