Olympic torch comes to North Somerset

THE world-famous Olympic flame will be carried through the streets of North Somerset on Wednesday in the run-up to the London games.

Schoolchildren are expected to line the route and residents are also being encouraged to set their alarms and turn out to watch and cheer the flame as it passes through the district during the morning.

It will be carried by seven individuals nominated to take part in the torch relay. They will also be accompanied by a huge, 40-vehicle cavalcade.

The flame will begin its route through North Somerset at 6.20am along the A370 Main Road in Flax Bourton. It will continue along the A370 through Backwell before turning right toward Nailsea along Station Road. Once in Nailsea it will travel along Queens Road, Mizzymead Road and on to High Street at 7.18am.

It will leave Nailsea along Clevedon Road from Stock Way North.

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It will then travel in the 40-vehicle cavalcade to Failand, where it will be carried by a torchbearer along the B3128 Clevedon Road at 7.33am. It will then continue on in the cavalcade to Leigh Woods before making its way into Bristol.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for leisure, Felicity Baker, said: “The torch will be in North Somerset for an hour and a half and during that time will be carried by amazing local people.

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“So get up early, come along and cheer them on as they and we play our part in a day to remember.”

The torchbearers:


David Wintle – Aged 50 from Bristol. Nominated by his daughter in recognition of the care he has given her mum since she was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago.

James Bailey – Aged 20 from Congresbury. Nominated in recognition of his work to raise money and awareness of sudden adult death syndromes after being diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White following an ECG scan.

Tamara Johnson – Aged 30 from Bristol. Nominated for her determination since suffering a spinal cord injury while playing rugby in 2008. She has undergone years of rehabilitation and still remains positive.


Angela Collorick-Brush – aged 40 from Gloucester. Nominated in recognition of her work encouraging people and fellow staff at GE to take up the sport of triathlon.

Dave Ramsay – Aged 54 from Bournemouth. Nominated in recognition of the work he has carried out over the past 17 years organising mission trips to the Ukraine to help under-privileged children and renovate buildings including orphanages.

John Shaw – Aged 73 from Kingswood. Nominated for his kind-heartedness in looking after someone following the death of their dad to cancer. John is a well-known, popular figure in his local community.


Lynda Nutting – Aged 48 from Cheltenham. Chosen as a torchbearer in recognition of the money she has raised for charity, including Children’s Hospice South West, by taking part in a number of half marathons, Race for Life, the Moonwalk and London Marathon.

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