Where to see and celebrate the Olympic Torch in Pembrokeshire
9:59am Wednesday 23rd May 2012 in News
Excitement is building ahead of the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Pembrokeshire on Sunday (May 27th).
The Olympic Torch convoy is expected to arrive on the outskirts of Haverfordwest shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday.
From the A40, runners will carry the Olympic Flame through town via Picton Place, High Street, Dew Street, Albert Street, Barn Street, Perrots Road, Bridgend Square roundabout, Prendergast Road and Back Lane into Sir Thomas Picton School.
Shortly after 2pm, Torchbearers will take the flame back down to Bridgend Square roundabout before making their way up Sydney Rees Way past Withybush Hospital en route for Fishguard.
The Olympic Flame is expected to arrive in Fishguard just before 2.45pm when Torchbearers will again take to the road.
The Flame will make its way through town via the A487 and then down through Lower Fishguard.
The convoy will then move onto Newport where it is expected to arrive at around 3pm. Torchbearers will take the Olympic Flame through Newport before leaving to head off to the next destination, Cardigan.
While the Olympic Flame passes through the centres of Haverfordwest, Fishguard and Newport it will be necessary to temporarily close - in advance of and during - those roads which form the route.
This will ensure a safe environment is provided for both Torchbearers and also the general public watching the event.
Pembrokeshire County Council is marking the arrival of the Olympic Torch on Sunday with a number of sport sessions aimed at the younger generation.
Free 'come and try' sessions are being held at Fishguard leisure centre and Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest on Sunday.
The activities in Fishguard take place between 11am to 1.30pm and include archery, swimming, hockey, table tennis, gymnastics and athletics.
From 1.30pm to 4pm the focus is on Sir Thomas Picton School for wheelchair basketball, tennis, boccia, judo, hockey and athletics.
The school will host a lunch stop and act as a torch bearers' base.
The torch will be on public display for an hour from 1pm and the school's grounds are going to be bustling with activity to celebrate the event. There will be musical entertainment as well as sport.
For more information ring 01437 776191 or visit the website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/sport.
Also, preceding the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Haverfordwest is a 'Go-Try' triathlon with the town's leisure centre as a base. The event comprises a 400 metre swim in the centre's pool, a 12.5 mile cycle ride and a three mile run. Contact Haverfordwest leisure centre on 01437 776676 for more details.
In Fishguard local organisations such as the brownies, guides and sea cadets will be lining the route and Goodwick Brass Band will be playing on the square. The torch will be preceded by 30 sports people who have represented Wales at national and international level and a roll of honour will be read out on the square. In the evening there will be an Olympic quiz in St Mary's Hall.
Newport's Olympic Torch Festival will see two days of sport and celebration including cycling, kayaking, running, mountain biking and rowing.
On Sunday there will be a schools' torch relay to the rugby ground followed by a morning of fun and games for all ages. The town's tennis tournament will start at noon, followed by the tenth annual Newport ten kilometre run.
After the torch procession at 2.30pm the celebrations will continue with a walking race. The evening will see beach volleyball, a party at the playing fields with food, drink, music and the festival finale; a torchlight conga and fireworks.
For more information visit www.newport-pembs.co.uk.
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