A CELEBRATION will be held on July 26 to mark the Olympic torch passing through Hammersmith and Fulham on its tour of the country.
The torch is on an 8,000-mile, 70-day journey around the UK as it makes it way to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London Games on July 27.
It comes to the borough the day before its final stop in Stratford and details of the route have finally been revealed.
After taking in neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea, the Olympic flame will cross into Hammersmith and Fulham at about 1pm when it will be carried along Fulham Road and through the centre of Fulham before heading up North End Road, turning right into Hammersmith Road and dipping back into Kensington.
It will re-enter the borough from Holland Park Avenue before travelling around Shepherd’s Bush Green and to the site of the 1908 Olympic Games marathon finish line, before heading to the home of QPR at Loftus Road and then on towards central London.
Sixteen people will carry the torch through Hammersmith and Fulham, including borough brownie stalwart and community volunteer with St John’s Ambulance and St Peter’s Church, Bridget Stevenson, 67, and gay rights campaigner Chris Basiurski, 33, both of Shepherd’s Bush. Road restrictions will be in place for the journey which is expected to take up to three hours.
To mark the event, H&F Council is laying on a free celebration in Jerdan Place, Fulham, from 11am to 3pm, which will include food and market stalls and musical performances.
Councillor Greg Smith, deputy leader, said: “I am sure that Jerdan Place and the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham will be lined with hundreds of people to welcome the Olympic torch. The torch visits the borough just one day before the Games so it will really kick-off a fantastic few weeks for London.”
For more details visit www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route .