Town Council delighted by Olympic Torch Relay in Yeovil
By Angelocal | Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:07
Yeovil Town Council has said it is "extremely pleased and proud" that Yeovil has been chosen as one of the UK towns through which the Olympic Torch will be carried.
The flame represents the light of spirit, knowledge and life, and symbolises the passing of Olympic traditions from one generation to the next. As the flame is passed from one torchbearer to another, it spreads the message of peace, unity and friendship.
The Town Council, with the support of SSDC, the Police and a number of other organisations is busy making the necessary arrangements to ensure that those who wish to visit our town to watch the Torch Relay pass through can do so in a safe and enjoyable way.
Both the Quedam Shopping Centre and the District Council have agreed to make their car parks available to the public free of charge from 7.00am to 10.00am on Tuesday 22 May – the day the procession visits Yeovil.
The torch will be carried through Yeovil by a series of torchbearers between 7.39am and 8.02am along the following route:
*Ilchester Road (A37)
Discussions are also taking place with local transport operators to ensure that there is minimal disruption to bus and taxi services, and all local shops and traders along the route will be kept informed of the arrangements and asked to make alternative arrangements for goods deliveries and waste collection.
Arrangements are also in hand for the red, white and blue bunting to be put up throughout Yeovil in mid April.
The bunting will stay up throughout the spring and summer to help the Town celebrate a number of key events that are taking place this year including the Queen's visit, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch Relay and the Olympic and Paralympic Games themselves.
Wes Read, Chairman of the Town Council's Promotions and Activities Committee said: "I am delighted that the Olympic Torch is coming to Yeovil.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people to come together to celebrate the beginning of the launch of this year's Olympic Games and to cheer on the torchbearers who will be taking part in this historic event".