The route the Olympic Torch will take on its pre-Olympics tour of the country was revealed recently and it’s coming right through Midsomer Murders country!
The timings and locations involved will be of great interest to the people of South Oxfordshire as the torch will journey through many of the county’s most scenic towns.
Residents of Wallingford – featured as the town of ‘Causton’ in Midsomer Murders – will have to get up early on the morning of 10th July 2012 to see the torch as it scheduled to make an appearance at 8:25am. The best streets to be to catch sight of the torch-bearers are Castle Road, St. Martin’s Street, High Street and The Street.
From there the torch procession will speed on to Crowmarsh Gifford and is expected to light up this sleepy village at 8:43am.
The next stop is another South Oxfordshire village, Nettlebed (8:57), before the convoy heads on to Henley-on-Thames.
AT 9:09 you should be able to see a torchbearer entering the town via the Fair Mile.
People are expected to line the route along Bell Street, New Street, Thames Side and Mill Meadows. At this stage the torch will carefully be placed on a boat outside the River and Rowing Museum (I hope you’re keeping up with this!)
Eight rowers, the torchbearer and a security man will crowd into the Olympic boat as it is rowed to Leander around 9:47am.
The torch will then leave Henley and head on to Bisham to continue its whistle-stop tour of the country.
Make sure you get to see the torch as it’s unlikely to return to England in our lifetime!