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Olympic Torch Relay

East Grinstead has been chosen as one of the towns on the historic round-Britain tour of the Olympic Torch. The Olympic Torch Relay will pass through East Grinstead on 17 July.

It is hoped residents and school children will line the route to see the torch carried up the London Road and along the High Street before exiting East Grinstead down College Lane, and Blackwell Hollow

Olympic Torch Relay Timings

21 June 2012

Road closures

13 June 2012

On 17 July 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through Mid Sussex.  As part of the traffic management for this event West Sussex County Council will shortly make a temporary Traffic Regulation Order that will enact a rolling road closure on the route followed by the torch relay.  The Order will also make road closures on some strategic side roads for 1 hour before and 2 hours after the procession passes to ensure safety for spectators.

Olympic Torch Relay

The roads affected in Mid Sussex are:

Rolling Road Closure
Lengths of roads in Worth: Copthorne Way (A264), Brookhill road, Shipley Bridge Lane, Copthorne Bank, Borers Arms Road and A264.  Lengths of Roads in East Grinstead: A264, London Road (A22), London Road, High Street, Fairfield Road, Lewes Road (B2110), College Lane/Blackwell Hollow (B2110) and A264 Holtye Road.

Road closure for 1 hour before and 2 hours after the procession passes:

Lengths of roads in Worth: Knowle Drive and Lashmere.  Lengths of roads in East Grinstead: Railway Approach (B2110), Queens Road, Kings Street, West Street, Cantaloupe Road, Portland Road and Hermitage Lane.

Public notice

Excitement heats up for Olympic Torch Relay – residents urged to get involved

15 May 2012

Mid Sussex District Council is appealing for community minded residents to become volunteer marshals for the Olympic Torch Relay.

 The Olympic Torch will be coming to Copthorne and East Grinstead on Tuesday 17 July, providing the local community with the chance to see the Olympic Flame at close quarters. Mid Sussex District Council is looking for local people to volunteer their time to help ensure the safety of the public on the day.

The Olympic Flame has now started its journey from Greece and will arrive in the UK on 18 May, ready for the Olympic Torch Relay to begin the following day. Representing peace, unity and friendship, the Flame will pass through Mid Sussex just 10 days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Council hopes that local people will be keen to be part of this momentous event and is

holding volunteer registration sessions at East Grinstead Library on Saturday 19 May and Saturday 26 May, between 10am and 4pm.

The volunteer marshals will help to:

direct pedestrians along safe routes

  • monitor crowd movement and activity
  • provide information about entrances, exits, routes, the location of toilets and first aid/lost children points
  • support the work of the emergency services and Chief Marshals
  • help with road closures
  • marshal overspill car parks

Volunteer marshals must be over the age of 18 and physically fit enough to stand for an extended period of time. A good standard of health is important because volunteer marshals must be able to respond to an emergency, raise the alarm and take immediate action if required. All volunteers will need to be available from 7.30am until 12.30pm on Tuesday 17 July.

If it’s not possible for people to attend one of registration sessions, residents can express an interest in becoming a volunteer marshal by sending their name and telephone number to or telephone 01444 477495.

Olympic Torch route announced

1 April 2012

THE actual route which the Olympic torch will take through East Grinstead on Tuesday 17 July has now been announced, along with the timings and a list of torch bearers.

The torch will arrive by convoy at 9:40am at Copthorne, and after being taken through the village it is estimated that it will reach Felbridge by 10.01am.

Relay runners will then carry the torch up the A264, reaching the London Road by 10.15am.

It is hoped residents and school children will line the route to see the torch carried up the London Road and along the High Street before exiting East Grinstead down College Lane, and Blackwell Hollow.

It will then be taken along the Holtye Road to Great Field Place before re-joining the convoy which will take it to Tunbridge Wells.

The torch bearers who will carry the Olympic flame through the town on its journey to the start of the 2012 Games have also been named.

They are:

  • Penny Smith, 18, from Edenbridge
  • Daniel Schraeder, 29, from Eglharting
  • Dirk Wittmer, 52, from Ratingen
  • Georgi Ridler, 19, from Burgess Hill
  • Hwa-Lon Liu, 43, from Horsham
  • Jed Pearson, 13, from Sittingbourne
  • Rebecca Murrell, 18, from Rainham
  • Swathi Rajagopal 19., from Orpington
  • Toine Hodgkiss, 21, from Forest Row
  • Tracey Wheeler, 33, from Haywards Heath
  • Volker Mitiacher, 44, from Michelau-Neuensee

Olympic Torch coming to East Grinstead

8 November 2011

EAST Grinstead has been chosen as one of the towns on next year’s historic round-Britain tour of the Olympic Torch.

The torch will leave Land’s End on 19 May, one day after the flame arrives from Greece, and will then be carried by 8,000 “inspirational torch bearers” on a 70-day journey of celebration around the UK.

Town Clerk Julie Holden called East Grinstead’s inclusion on the torch route “an iconic moment in the town’s history, which will live on in the memory of everyone who witnesses it ”.

Full details have yet to be released, but the torch will pass through the town on 17 July.

The public will be invited to line the route, after which local school children will be invited to take part in a sports event at East Court.

Deputy Mayor Liz Bennett, who as next year’s Town Mayor will perform the official welcome, said she was thrilled at the prospect of taking part in such an historic event.

“The Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games will make next year one to remember for all of us, and I will be proud and honoured to represent the town during the events planned to mark both these landmark occasions.”

The torch, which is is being made by east London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, will travel for 12 hours a day, for 70 days, before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

Thousands of people throughout the UK will have the chance to cheer it on its way, along a route which will be marked by concerts, shows and other celebrations.

Of the 8,000 torchbearers, 7,200 will be chosen from among people nominated by the public, and half the places are expected to go to young people between the ages of 12 and 24.

The origins of the Olympic torch relay go back to ancient Greece, when messengers were sent out from Olympia to announce the competition dates and call for a halt to all wars during the Games.

The relay was revived at the 1936 Berlin Games, and since then has grown into a popular curtain-raiser to the sporting events.

For the modern Olympic Games, the flame is lit in Olympia from the Sun’s rays using a parabolic mirror and then taken on a relay around Greece before going to the country hostingthe Games.