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'It's a dream' as Olympic torch comes to Solihull

FULL details have been released of the route that the Olympic Torch will be taken through the borough on its way to the London Games.

FULL details have been released of the route that the Olympic Torch will be taken through the borough on its way to the London Games.

The famous flame will pass through Solihull early on Sunday, July 1, as part of a 70 day, 8,000 mile tour of the United Kingdom.

As well as a street-by-street map, organisers this week released details of the 16 individuals who will be carrying the torch on the Solihull stretch.

Paralympic hopeful Glenn Scott said its a dream come true to be able to bear the beacon aloft through the streets of Earlswood.

To be part of an event like this is incredible, I think Ill be telling my family about it in many years time, said the 19-year-old.

Glenn, who only took up sprint running three years ago, was born with club feet and has had to have four operations to fix the bones.

The past three years have been a whirlwind, to go from practically nowhere to rubbing shoulders with the likes of Usain Bolt has been remarkable.

Realistically I will be looking to compete at the 2016 Games, of course it would be great to run at London but Ill happily settle for the 300 metres in the torch relay.

Knowles 91-year-old Tommy Godwin, one of the few surviving medallists of the 1948 Games, had already been confirmed as a torchbearer.

Also on the rosta is 15-year-old Aolani Whitehouse, an Arden Academy pupil nominated for her sports volunteering in primary schools.

Andy Foote, Robert Ireland and Sabby Bhopal are among the other Silhillians taking part in the leg through their hometown.

Leader of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, said: This will really be the starting pistol for the Olympics and we hope people will turn out to support the torchbearers.

The torch will enter the borough along Solihull Lane at around 7.30am and then approach the town centre via Streetsbrook Road.

It will carry on down Station Road, the High Street, Church Hill Road and Princes Way before leaving the centre along Blossomfield Road.

From there it will continue up Marshall Lake Road, Blackford Road and Dog Kennel Lane before heading to Earlswood. Its expected to cross the boundary into Worcestershire at around 9.30am.

 

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