Olympic Torch Relay nears the Roe Valley

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With less than a week to go until the Olympic Torch Relay passes through the Borough, Limavady Borough Council is urging the community to get behind the momentous event and come out and line the streets on the afternoon of Monday, June 4.

Council has released the final details of the Torch Relay, including the route and timings, and which are listed below making it easier for people to decide where they will position themselves as a spectator on the day.

The Torch will enter the Borough from Downhill/Benone then make its way through Bellarena, Limavady town, Ballykelly and Greysteel, where it will exit the borough.

The Olympic Torch Relay will approach Limavady town via the bypass from the direction of Windy Hill Road. The Relay will then pass through the following streets:

1.From Limavady by pass to Station Road

2.Station Road to Ballyclose Street

3.Ballyclose Street to Lower Main Street

4.Lower Main Street to Connell Street

5.Connell Street to Irish Green Street

6.Irish Green Street to Catherine Street

7.Catherine Street to Lisnakilly Road

8.Lisnakilly Road to Ballykelly Road (A2)

There will be a ‘rolling’ road closure system in place as the Torch Relay convoys make their way through the Borough. The convoys will take approximately 20 minutes to pass through.

The expected timings for the arrival of the torch relay in each area are:

Bellarena approximately 3.20pm- 3.45pm

Limavady town approximately 3.55pm-4.10pm

Ballykelly approximately 4.10pm -4.35pm

Greysteel approximately 5.00pm -5.10pm

“Now that this information is in the public domain Council would urge that the local communities come out and support the Torchbearers as they each complete their 300m of the route,” said a spokesperson.

“Council would advise that anyone wishing to come along should make sure that they arrive and are in position at least 20 minutes before the Torch Relay is expected.

“It is asked that spectators act responsibly and remain in position when the Convoys arrive to avoid any risk of accident and allow the Torch Bearers and Flame to pass through safely and without obstruction.”

Valerie Richmond, Director of Development, hopes people come out and make the most of this amazing opportunity. She said: “This is a great day for Limavady and its community and to use a cliché – a once in a lifetime opportunity – not just to participate in some small way but also to let the wider world see what a fantastic and welcoming place Limavady is.”

For more information on the route or Torchbearers in your area go to www.london2012.com/torch-relay

You can also watch the Torch Relay live at www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay