You'll need to travel if you want to see Olympic torchBy Lucy Allen
March 22, 2012
People in Wokingham will have to travel to Remenham, Bracknell or Reading to see the Olympic torch when it travels around the country, it was revealed on Monday.
Although the torch will officially visit Wokingham borough, it will only stay for a few minutes, when it arrives by rowing boat in Remenham, near Henley, at around 9.30am on Tuesday, July 10.
Carried by an as yet unnamed torchbearer, it will alight on the Wokingham side of the river, before being carried past waiting crowds to the bottom of White Hill, where the public viewing session finishes by the Little Angel pub.
It will then be driven away by car up Remenham Hill to Bisham.
Although this is the only place in the borough where people can line the route to see the torch, it will transit through Wokingham again later in the day, journeying by car from Bracknell to Reading, before being picked up by torchbearers just inside Reading borough.
A full map of the route the torch will take was released on Monday.
It includes details of 7,300 torchbearers, although there is no-one named for the rowing section, which could be carried out by one of the 700 athletes or celebrities yet to be named.
The best spots for Wokingham people to watch the torch being run through the streets are in Bracknell at around 5.30pm on the same day or in Reading town centre at around 6.30pm.
There is also an evening event at the Madejksi Stadium that night.
Tickets will be free, and details of the event and how to get tickets will be released over the next few weeks.
Where to watch the torch
9.09am: Henley: Torchbearers start at the Fair Mile, along New Street, Thameside and Meadow Road, loop round by the River & Rowing Museum and back to a spot near the Hobbs boatyard.
9.37am: Henley: The torch is rowed along the Thames across the river to a spot near the Leander Club on the Remenham side of the river. A torchbearer then runs to the bottom of White Hill and finishes by the Little Angel pub.
17.31pm: Bracknell:Torchbearers start their leg of the relay at the junction of London Road and Long Hill Road, run to Millennium Way and finish in Skimped Hill Lane.
18.14pm:Reading: Torchbearers start at the junction of London Road and St Bartholomew’s Road in East Reading, travel along London Road, over the IDR and to the riverside at The Oracle.
19.00pm: Reading: Torchbearers will light a cauldron at Madejski Stadium before the evening celebration begins