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Excitement builds for Olympic torch arrival in Richmond
Hundreds of spectators will line the streets as runners carry the iconic Olympic torch through the borough tomorrow.
People who want to watch the relay on Tuesday, July 24, have been advised to go to open spaces and avoid roads with narrow pavements.
The torch will arrive in the borough as it crosses the Kingston border into Ham at about 9.50am.
The runners will follow a route along Upper Ham Road into Petersham Road and then head into Richmond town centre and past Richmond station.
They will then continue along Kew Road before crossing Kew Bridge at about 11.25am.
Richmond Council said spectators would be likely to get the best view from open spaces such as Kew Green and should avoid roads such as Hill Street and the Quadrant, which will get crowded very quickly.
People who live in the borough should try not to travel too far from their homes in order to minimise traffic disruption.
Organisers will close roads on and adjoining the route to allow the torchbearers to pass.
Councillor Pamela Fleming, strategic cabinet member for community, business and culture at Richmond Council, said: “We are really looking forward to hosting some of the Olympic events in our borough and are proud to be part of such a special event.”
For more information, visit www2.richmond.gov.uk/olympics/#einfo.
The torch bearers:
James Hardwick, 24, from Farnham
Katherine Filochowski, 28, from Twickenham
John Harding, 46, from Twickenham
Jacqueline Dixon, 63, from Feltham
Angela Wilson, 48, from Hampton
Gurpal Virdi, 53, from Hounslow
Keith Haworth, 64, from Twickenham
Barbara Kendall, 44, from New Zealand
Sarah Austin, 15, from Buckinghamshire
Lara Solabu, 25, from London
Francisco Baratta, 42, from Teddington
Mahavir Lavda, 23, from Hounslow
Jamie Ashton, 48, from Hertfordshire
Wendy Epperson, 53, from the United States
Paul Woodham, 42, from Staines
Angela Ruggiero, 32, from Cambridge
Ian Muxlow, 34, from Northolt