OLYMPIC torchbearers have called on the community to line the streets to spur them on as they mark the once-in-a-lifetime event.
The call has gone out for people to leave their homes, classrooms and offices as the flame makes its historic journey through Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington and Corby on July 2.
Elaine O’Sullivan, 52, of Higham Ferrers, who will carry the torch through Kettering, said: “I want to see lots of happy people lining the streets.”
Nicola Kenton, 16, of Rushden, who is taking part in the relay in Wellingborough, added: “It would mean the community is receiving the torch and receiving the Olympics in a good way.”
And Alex van Vliet, 38, of Irthlingborough, said: “I’ve been watching on the live stream on the website and some torch bearers have had a bigger reception than others. I’m pretty confident that in Northamptonshire people will come out and show their support.”
Councils in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby have been working with schools, businesses and community organisations to ensure as many people as possible get the opportunity to see the relay.
Children will line the streets of Corby after all schools agreed to join the celebration.
The council has sent packs to all schools with ideas for how to make as much noise as possible for the event.
Mark Pengelly, deputy leader of Corby Council, said: “With the big day fast approaching we are all excited to see Corby’s selected torchbearers proudly carry the flame through the streets.
“With plans to have crowds of people of all ages surrounding the route it is sure to be a day to remember for years to come.”
Live music and dancers will welcome torchbearers as they pass Market Place in Kettering. Steve Bellamy, the Kettering councillor responsible for the community, said: “It promises to be a fantastic day and will be our moment to shine. I hope as many people as possible line the route and cheer on the Olympic torch and the torchbearers.”
Robert Mullen, 67, of Brambleside, Kettering, said: “I shall most likely be there.”
The torch procession times
London Road from Turnells Mill Lane, High Street, Harrowden Road to Gainsborough Drive junction
Pytchley Road from Bryant Road Junction, Barton Road, Windmill Avenue, St Mary’s Road, London Road, Bowling Green Road, Sheep Street, Market Street, High Street, Gold Street, Montagu Street, Stamford Road to Ivy Road junction
Stamford Road from 30mph sign, West Street, Stamford Road to national speed limit signs
Weldon Road from Stanion Lane, High Street, Cottingham Road, Elizabeth Street, Alexandra Road, George Street, Westcott Way, Cottingham Road to Beanfield Avenue junction