Updated: Wednesday, 26th September 2018 @ 12:24pm

Manchester gears up for London 2012 Olympic torch relay route through city centre

Manchester gears up for London 2012 Olympic torch relay route through city centre

By Ben Burrows

Manchester is gearing itself up for a taste of the London 2012 spirit as the Olympic Torch Relay makes its way to the city centre next Saturday.

Thousands are expected to turn out to witness the historic occasion – over 25,000 people saw the flame make its way through Bolton a fortnight ago.

The torch will be carried by the great and the good of the Manchester community as well as some well-known celebrity faces.

The flame will enter Manchester from Salford around 5:40pm travelling along Elizabeth Street, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill Road and Miller Street.

The torch will then stop outside the Co-Op Building on Corporation Street before crossing Exchange Square and onto Deansgate.

Olympic hero and four-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will be the man in charge of its journey down Deansgate before handing it on for the next portion of the relay.

It will travel along Whitworth Street West, Sackville Street, and into Sackville Gardens where a photo will be taken in front of the Alan Turing Statue.

The torch will then continue its trip going through Chinatown and along Cooper Street.

The event, which is set to be the highlight of Greater Manchester’s Olympic celebrations, will climax in Albert Square at around 6:50pm with an evening celebration concert.

Indie rockers The Courteeners will headline the show with Britain’s Got Talent’s Twist and Pulse, the Halle Youth Choir and newcomers The Tribes also performing.

The torch will be carried by 8,000 specially selected people as it journeys 8,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK before arriving at the Olympic Park in August.

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