The Olympic Torch Comes to Shepherd's Bush

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Crowds are expected to line the streets to welcome the flame as it is carried through our borough, including a tour around Shepherd's Bush to White City and the site of the 1908 Olympic Games from around 3pm onwards.

The Torch passes through H & F as part of a circuitous route from Camden to Westminster. Here is a timetable for events in our area:

1.53pm - entry into Fulham on Fulham Road. Georgina Moseley is our first torchbearer. She carries the torch in memory of her son Harry, who was nominated by John Terry for raising £700,000 for Brain Tumour charities, but tragically passed away in surgery. She emotionally hands over to Lawrence Dallaglio, who carries the torch past Stamford Bridge to 'Chariots of Fire' being broadcast out of the speakers. He hands over to fellow rugby star Lewis Moody. Moody, after a shortstint, gives the flame to 19 year old Sureena Sharma, who's been nominated for her sterling mentor work in her school and tireless fundraising for the NSPCC.

2.23pm - Torch reaches top of North End Road and lturns right into Hammersmith Road, leaving the borough and going into Kensington and Chelsea

3.06pm - Torch comes along Holland Park Road, re-entering the borough in Shepherd's Bush, where it travels around the green, goes up Wood Lane, passing through the site of the 1908 White City Olympics, now the home of BBC Worldwide, at around 3.25pm.

From there it goes down South Africa Road, past Loftus Road Stadium to Uxbridge Road, where it goes east, passing the green again and leaving the borough around 4.09pm

The torchbearers for the Borough are Antoine De Navacelle, Bridget Stevenson, Catherine Nicoll, Chris Basiurski, Dan Cooper, Eileen Hobson, Emma Harley, Felix Allocca, George Fielding, Georgie Moseley, Lydia Mantle, Mary Mangan, Maurizio Stroppiana, Ollie Boylan, Penny Midgley, Permie Dadhiala, Samantha Timms, Sophie Papps and Sureena Sharma.

Though there are no official celebrations in Shepherd's Bush,  Westfield is holding a free outdoor party with crafts for kids, free giveaways, entertainment from a live band and ribbon gymnasts and a visit from the England Netball Association. West 12 is also celebrating with special Family Fun Days today and tomorrow.


July 26, 2012