Thousands to line the streets as Olympic torch visits the county

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Thousands of people are expected to line the streets and watch the Olympic torch relay travel through Northamptonshire on Monday.

The torch is due to enter the county from Warwickshire on Monday morning and will pass through Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington and Corby en route to Market Harborough and then Leicester.

The Olympic flame will be taken through Wellingborough by nine torchbearers and is expected to arrive in the town by the Dog and Duck pub in London Road at about 11.20am.

It will then be carried through the centre before leaving the town at about 11.50am.

Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell said: “The Olympic torch relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something really special. The spotlight will be on Wellingborough and I have no doubt that our residents, businesses and visitors will do us proud.

“There will obviously be some disruption, but our priority has to be the safety of the thousands of people expected to line our streets.”

A short car journey, where the flame will not be visible, will take the torch to Isham for 11.55am, where it will be carried through the centre of the village before heading off to Kettering.

Former Kettering and Corby police constable John Doran, who has battled cancer since 2004, is one of two torchbearers who will carry the flame through Isham.

He said: “It was a total surprise when I received the email saying I had been nominated to run with the torch, I wasn’t aware of the nomination and it is a marvellous honour.

“After running with the Olympic torch I won’t be selling it, local schools have already asked if I can take it in to show the children which I am really pleased to do.”

Before the torch arrives in Kettering there will be entertainment in the town centre, including music from Connect FM DJ Gregg Nunney, displays from a gymnastics club, a performance by dancers from Kilburn School of Dance, cheerleaders and music from the Salvation Army Brass Band.

Once the flame has arrived at about midday, it will be carried by 12 torchbearers.

The flame is due to arrive in Market Place, Kettering, at 12.40pm where there will be street entertainers.

The William Knibb Centre in Montagu Street, Kettering, will also host street dancing and other events.

A Kettering Council spokesman said: “We are expecting the Market Place to be popular and as a result, busy.

“We would recommend that visitors plan to arrive there early to avoid disappointment and to explore other torch route options if they are unable to get there.”

The torch will arrive in Geddington at about 2pm. Four torchbearers will carry the flame through the village before it moves on to Corby.

Once in the town, the torch will start its journey through High Street at about 2.20pm, making it’s way through the town and ending on Westcott Way at around 3pm.

Corby Council is urging people to come out in force. Cllr Tom Beattie, leader of Corby Council, said: “It’s all go in Corby at the moment and the feeling of celebration is definitely evident throughout the borough.

“The Queen’s visit was a phenomenal success and we are now putting plans in place to ensure that the Olympic Torch Relay through Corby follows suit.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “Please do not try to approach the torchbearers as they make their way around Northamptonshire, however good your intentions are.”

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