Powys residents are being urged to line the streets of Welshpool and Llanymynech on 30 May to witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay as it passes through the county.
The once in a lifetime event will see inspirational Torchbearers carry the Olympic Flame through the streets as it makes its journey around the country before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in time for the opening ceremony.
As well as the chance to catch of glimpse of the legendary Flame, the Relay also features vehicles and entertainment from sponsors Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB who aim to create a carnival atmosphere all around the UK.
The Torch is expected to be on display in Llanymynech between 10.36am and 10.39am before re-appearing in Welshpool at 10.55am before leaving at 11.13am. These timings are approximate due to factors such as inclement weather, heavy traffic and dense crowds.
It is advised that spectators arrive around an hour beforehand to get the best viewing areas as there is expected to be a large attendance, with over 4,500 children representing 45 schools within Powys and numerous others from outside the county arriving to cheer on the Torchbearers at the two events, as well as a similar procession through Machynlleth on 28 May.
These schools have been designated suitable areas to stand, however there will be plenty of room for everyone else. To get the best views of the Relay and any free gifts from the sponsors, the near or left side of the road is the best area, but it will be also visible from the right hand side.
With so many people likely to be attending, to create as much unobstructed viewing space as possible along the route temporary parking restrictions will be placed upon Broad Street in Welshpool. It is expected that these will be removed by 2pm.
Businesses on the Relay route are being asked not to arrange any deliveries after 7.30am as there will be no access to vehicles until after the area has been cleared.
As the Torch passes through the communities, a rolling road closure will be in effect, organised by the police, but once the convoy has passed through that area these roads will be reopened. Motorists are warned to expect some traffic disruption on this day.
“I am thrilled that something as universally recognised as the Olympic Flame will be travelling through our county,” said Powys County Council Leader David Jones.
“I hope that residents from all over Powys can attend this wonderful spectacle and enjoy an unforgettable occasion right on their doorstep.”
Maps highlighting the route and landmarks such as toilets and car parks can be found at www.powys.gov.uk/olympics, as well as more information and frequently asked questions. Information can also be provided by calling 0845 602 7030.