By Ian Dipple 29/06 Updated: 01/07 10:54
A FORMER Olympian and 5,000 metres world record holder has urged people across Redditch and Alcester to turnout and see the Olympic Torch pass through the two towns on Sunday (July 1).
David Moorcroft, chairman of Olympic group West Midlands for 2012, said they had been bowled over by the response from the public so far with 370,000 turning out the last time the Flame visited the Midlands in May. He added a similar number was expected when it returns on Saturday and Sunday (June 30 and July 1).
"It has exceeded even people's best expectations. The response to the Torch, the amazing stories, the amazing photos, the coverage has been outstanding and the crowds have been wonderful," he said.
"There were some incredible stories from people who weren't chosen to carry the Torch so those that have should cherish what will be a wonderful moment for them and something to remember forever."
In total 157 torchbearers will carry the Flame over 93 miles from Birmingham to Coventry over the two days travelling at an average of four miles an hour.
It will start in Redditch Town Centre about 9..45am and make its way through Church Green, down Unicorn Hill, up Plymouth Road and along Evesham Road through Headless Cross. It will then travel through Astwood Bank starting at 10.24am before making its way to Alcester where it will begin again about 10.54am.
Celebration events will take place in Redditch Town Centre and the park in Astwood Bank after the Torch has passed through while entertainment is also planned in Alcester.
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