Sheffield is excitedly gearing up for the arrival of the Olympic Torch, which is coming to the city this summer ahead of the London 2012 Games – and you are being invited to join in the celebrations!
The Torch will be in Sheffield on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June, and during the celebrations you will get the chance to get together with other local people, friends and relatives to celebrate the once in a lifetime occasion.
The city’s celebrations will culminate with a special free Evening Celebration Event in Barker’s Pool on 25 June, which will feature musical and dance performances.
Whilst in Sheffield, the Torch will pass through Chapeltown and Ecclesfield, before heading towards Penistone Road. It will then make its way along Glossop Road, Clarkehouse Road and Brocco Bank, before being down carried Ecclesall Road to St Mary's Gate, Eyre Street, Arundel Gate, Norfolk Street and Surrey Street.
It will reach the final leg of that day’s journey when it hits Leopold Street, ready for the evening’s celebrations.
The torch will depart from Sheffield on the morning of Tuesday 26 June during an event involving local schools at Don Valley Stadium, and will then pass the English Institute of Sport
A number of inspirational local people have been nominated to carry the Torch around the Sheffield route.
One of the torchbearers is James Needham, GB wheelchair rugby player who was confined to a wheelchair aged seven following a car accident, and now works visiting spinal units around the country teaching wheelchair skills and helping recently injured people.
For more information about the Olympic Torch route or the celebration events being held in the city, visit www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/OTR.