ON ITS journey from Olympia to the Olympic stadium in London, the flame will finally come through the borough on Tuesday.

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For those who have so far felt a little detached from the preparations on the other side of the capital, the torch relay should bring home the Olympic spirit.

Thousands are expected to line the route to cheer on the proud torchbearers as they each carry a little piece of history in their hands.

This is a guide to events in the borough for Torch Day, July 24, with some plans yet to be finalised. It is sure to be a day of great excitement and honour for the people of the borough, regardless of the weather.

All times are approximate.


THE flame will begin its journey through the borough in Hayes on Tuesday afternoon, arriving from Hounslow just before 1.45pm.

The Hillingdon section of the relay starts in North Hyde Road, moving along the street before turning left into Dawley Road.

The Hayes Town Partnership has organised a welcome for the torch at the corner of North Hyde Road and Station Road with banners, balloons, bunting and flags.

Hayes FM community radio will be there to provide a musical accompaniment to proceedings, playing music from records produced at the old EMI works.

At approximately 2.05pm, the relay will pass Lake Farm Country Park before turning on to Pield Heath Road and passing Hillingdon Hospital (2.28pm) as it moves towards Kingston Lane.

Emergency ambulance calls will be given priority through the rolling roadblock around the torch.

n Good watching spots: North Hyde Road; Dawley Road; Lake Farm.

Brunel University

THE relay will enter Brunel University through the eastern gateway in Kingston Lane just before 2.45pm.

Street games for children, sponsored by Coca Cola, will be taking place on the university’s pitches opposite.

The flame then moves down the main spine of the campus to the central square, where it will be greeted by a civic team from the council, a South Korean delegation – whose athletes are using the university as their pre-games base – and students and families direct from a graduation ceremony.

Following a torch handover, the procession will leave Brunel at 2.53pm on to Cleveland Road then on to The Greenway and Cowley Road (just after 3pm) before looping around Mahjacks Roundabout and into Windsor Street at about 3.10pm.

University authorities have suggested people line the route along Kingston Lane and Cleveland Road to witness the torch enter and leave the campus.

n Good watching spots: Kingston Lane; Cleveland Road; Cowley Road, between The Greenway and Walford Road. Avoid Walford Road to Cotswold Close, as there is no pavement and there are tall hedges blocking the view.

Uxbridge Town Centre

THE party really gets into full swing when the torch arrives into the centre of Uxbridge.

The convoy will be joined by the Coca Cola Beat Fleet, which will pass out free commemorative goodies and play music for the crowds lining the street.

Preceding the main convoy, people watching will be encouraged to make as much noise as possible to show their support for the torchbearers.

Coca Cola has links to the Olympics going back to 1928, and its Coca-Cola Enterprises division has its headquarters in Uxbridge.

The torch procession will come around Mahjacks Roundabout just before 3.10pm, then goes up Windsor Street and will move through the High Street to the civic centre.

It will be greeted at the centre by a fanfare and a delegation from Hillingdon Council before heading off to end its journey through the borough at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex.

n Good watching spots: Mahjacks roundabout; Windsor Street; The station piazza; The Chimes piazza; Park Road, northbound.

Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex

AHEAD of the arrival of the torch at 3.58pm, there will be giveaways, balloons, free sports demonstrations, free Zumba classes and the Samsung Advance Activation Vehicle will be on site with music and entertainment.

Activities will be going on all day on Tuesday, with a Line The Streets Day for children aged five to 15 from 8.30am to 5pm.

The day will consist of an introduction of the Olympics and the torch relay, sporting activities and a session to make your own flag to wave on the arrival of the torch.

Each child will be allocated a space to see the arrival of the torch. Children’s places must be booked at www.hslc-sales@fusion-lifestyle.com, or call 0845 130 7324.

There will also be two-for-one priced swimming in the lido from 10am to 6pm.

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