Merton Olympic route unveiled
Details for the set-piece publicity parade on the eve of the London Olympic Games has been announced, when the symbolic torch will be taken through Mitcham, Colliers Wood and Wimbledon.
On Monday, July 23 – just four days before the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Stratford, east London - the torch will be passed from Sutton to Mitcham town centre via Bishopsford Road after making an 8,000 mile journey across the UK and Ireland.
It will then be carried along the Western Road towards Colliers Wood, past the Sava Centre in Merantun Way, before travelling towards Wimbledon Park via Merton High Street and Haydon Park Road.
It will then be taken past the All England Club, where the Olympic tennis event will be held in which the nation will hope Andy Murray can win a medal despite not yet reaching the final of the annual tennis championships.
Residents, schools and local business are being encouraged by Merton Council to line the streets of the borough on the day.
There will also be four “party areas” set up in Mitcham Fair Green, Merton Abbey Mills, South Park Gardens, near Wimbledon town centre and Ricards Lodge High School near Wimbledon Park.
The council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “We are proud to be a host borough for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“This is a unique opportunity for residents, schools and local businesses to witness the Olympic Torch.
“I encourage all those who live and work in Merton to take part in this historic event.”
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) added: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.
“The flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.
“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Merton’s moment to shine.”