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The Olympic Torch arrives on Bristol

The torch will arrive today, 22 May, in Bitton at 5pm.

It will be carried into the city from Hanham before covering 13 miles of Bristol’s roads over a period of 15 hours.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to come out today and tomorrow to cheer the torchbearers as they carry the flame through the streets in the once-in-a-lifetime event.

The torch will be taken along Church Road in St George to Old Market and Castle Park (around at 6.45 pm) before reaching the city docks and sailing down the river under Prince Street bridge to Millennium Square for arriving by boat at the Amphitheatre evening celebration approximately at 7.20 pm.

Paralympian sailor and former Post Gold Star winner Blaire Hannan, 21, from Stoke Bishop, will board Bristol Sailability’s “Aiming High” powerboat with the torch in Redcliffe Way.

Tomorrow, 23 May, the torch will begin its day on College Green at 5.50am.

It will travel along Anchor Road and onto Hotwell Road, where it will then travel by convoy out into North Somerset to visit Nailsea, Backwell and Flax Bourton.

It will return into the city, being carried across the Clifton Suspension Bridge at about 8am by a mystery famous Bristolian.

Organisers say they are reluctant to reveal the name of the runner – a household name – because of security fears.

The torch will be carried through Clifton, Henleaze and Southmead before leaving the city into Filton at around 9am.

For more information and see the route of the Olympic torch go to: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/2012-olympic-torch-relay

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