The Olympic flame has now arrived on British shores – and here in Cheshire East, final preparations are being made ahead of the torch relay arriving in the Borough.
On the morning of May 31, the streets of Crewe, Congleton, Macclesfield and Knutsford will be thronged with people as the Olympic flame passes through Cheshire East and excitement builds ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
People will get the best opportunity to see the flame as it is carried through these towns by the local torchbearers.
The torch will also visit Tatton Park, although the torch won’t be widely visible to members of the public. However, some celebrations will continue after the torch has left the park.
The Council has been working closely with schools and community groups over the last few months to ensure that spectators are treated to a whole host of live entertainment along the route.
A project of this size and importance will inevitably mean there will be some road closures – although they will be kept to a minimum.
The road closures are necessary to protect the public and make this exciting opportunity safe and enjoyable for all Cheshire East residents and participants.
However, the road closures are likely to cause significant disruption to traffic and public transport. Residents are being advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys during the morning.
Anyone planning to go and watch the relay is being asked to walk or cycle to the route where possible. Those travelling in their own vehicles are being encouraged to set off early and park in off-street car parks.
Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “With just a matter of days to go until the Olympic torch reaches Cheshire East, excitement is really building. The flame has now arrived in Britain and it has really captured the public’s imagination.
“We are fortunate that it will be passing through four of our major towns, offering people from across the Borough the opportunity to come out and see the flame for themselves.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to come down on the day and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
For full details of the torch relay in Cheshire East, including the route, timings and road closures, as well as information on the London 2012 Olympic Games, go to www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/2012
If you have photos from the torch relay that you would like to share, why not upload them to Cheshire East Council's official 2012 photographic archive on Flickr.
The site has been set up to bring together photographs of the various national events that being celebrated in 2012.
Visit www.Flickr.com/groups/cheshireeast2012 to upload your photographs and view our gallery.