The official Olympic “Torchbearer Street Route” for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay has now been announced with the flame arriving in Bristol on Day 4 of its 70 day journey around the UK covering over 8,000 miles.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have confirmed that, after leaving Hanham at 5.38pm, the torchbearer will arrive into central Bristol along the A431 at 5.53pm on Tuesday 22 May 2012. Bristol Law Society Honorary Secretary, Leon R Smith (DAC Beachcroft LLP), tells us more…
It seems that the local legal community will be well-served with the flame passing close-by the offices of various of the larger and more centrally located firms in our area including Irwin Mitchell, Bevan Brittan; Clarke Willmott, TLT, Thrings, DAC Beachcroft, Meade King, Metcalfes and Gregg Latchams. Staff at Osborne Clarke, Lyons Davidson and Veale Wasbrough Vizards may have slightly further to walk but with the relay due to pass by between 6pm and 7pm we hope they might still be able to make it in time to catch a glimpse of the historic flame.
Various celebratory events will also be taking place, between 5.30pm and 10pm that evening in Millennium Square and the Harbourside Amphitheatre with a speech from the Lord Mayor followed by live music and performances of the official Bristol Olympic Torch song as well as a spectacular show by Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men. Provided they haven’t parties too hard at the evening’s celebrations, any early risers at Quality Solicitors Buroughs Day or Lindleys could even stop off at College Green before 6am, on Wednesday 23 May 2012, to watch the re-start of the relay. From there, the flame will continue on its journey via Flax Bourton to Nailsea where it will pass by the offices Wards Solicitors between 7am and 7.30am before travelling on to by convey to Failand.
It seems that, where ever you work within the area, you should have the opportunity, at some point over 23 and 24 May 2012, to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame in Bristol. To help you plan for the occasion, Bristol City Council have even prepared a helpful map showing the entire route to be taken by the flame through our area, as well as detailed breakdowns of the exact timings, all of which can be found online (as well as the lyrics to the official Bristol Olympic Torch Song) at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/2012-olympic-torch-relay.