Olympic torch relay through West Norfolk

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ON Wednesday July 4 the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be travelling through West Norfolk on its way from Peterborough to Norwich and people are being invited to join in the celebration by lining the streets.

The torch arrives at around noon in King’s Lynn and will be carried by torchbearers from the South Gate along London Road, past Greyfriars Tower and St James Swimming Pool, turning left into Blackfriars Street and along into the Vancouver Quarter.

It will head to the Tuesday Market Place and from there on to Lynnsport where the relay and convoy crew will take their lunchtime stop.

The College of West Anglia in conjunction with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has organised the West Norfolk Youth Games 2012 which will take place at Lynnsport on the day.

You can also catch up with the torch at Sandringham when it is due to arrive at the Visitor Centre just after 2pm. The public will be able to see the Torch as it is carried along the road to the Norwich Gates, where it will then be taken into the gardens and up to the front door of Sandringham House.

• Anyone planning to come into King’s Lynn town centre should leave plenty of time for their journey as traffic is expected to be heavier than usual. Two temporary car parks have been created - one at The Walks which will be accessble via Tennyson Avenue and the other at Kingsway Playing Field on the North Lynn bypass where people will be able to head to Loke Road and Greenpark Avenue, or catch a shuttlebus into the town centre. The cost for both car parks is £2 per day.

It is anticipated that there will be delays along the route and on roads that lead to or cross the route. There will also be some lane restrictions and parking restrictions throughout the day. Signs have been installed to advise motorists of restrictions.