Million could turn out for Olympic torch run through London

PUBLISHED: 23:25 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

A MILLION spectators could pack London's streets to watch Sunday's Olympics Torch relay and the dozen carnivals staged along the route. The relay starts at Wembley stadium and goes through Notting Hill, Soho's China Town, Trafalgar Sq, Southbank, City, Whitechapel, Mile End, Stratford, Canary Wharf, City Hall and Greenwich Peninsular

By Mike Brooke

A MILLION spectators could be lining the streets of London on Sunday for the Olympics Torch relay run and the dozen carnivals being staged along the route.

The relay begins at Wembley stadium at 10.30am and winds its way through Notting Hill, Soho's China Town, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, the Southbank, past St Paul's Cathedral, then along Whitechapel, Mile End, Bow and Stratford, back through Canary Wharf and up the Thames to Tower Bridge, ending at the Greenwich Peninsular for a grand finale just before 6pm.

Quintuple gold medallist rower Steve Redgrave, the greatest Olympic champ Britain has ever produced, starts off the run at Wembley.

Other famous names from the world of sport, TV and showbiz take part on foot, on bikes, on buses and even on river boats.

They include Tim Henman, Duncan Goodhew, Tessa Sanderson, Sir Trevor McDonald and the Sugababes.

The torch changes hands in relay twice in Whitechapel, once outside the East London Mosque and again a-quarter-of-a-mile further along, outside the Royal London Hospital.

The carnivals along the way include two in the East End.

Kinetika arts organisation is staging a parade depicting the Bengali tale of The Emperor and the Tiger.

The torch is due in Whitechapel at 4pm, then onto Mile End and past Bow Church where a peel of bells will be sounded before it arrives at 4.30pm in Stratford, home of the 2012 Olympics.

It then turns round and heads for Canary Wharf by 5pm, to be greeted by another carnival, before being carried on a boat from West Ferry Circus, upriver under Tower Bridge to City Hall at 5.49pm on its way to Greenwich.


Running times for Sunday:

. 10.30am Steve Redgrave, from Wembley Arena-sq to Ladbroke-grove

. 11.10am Konnie Huq, Lancaster-rd to Blenheim-cres

. 11.28am Tim Henman, Notting Hill Gate, Campden Hill-rd to Linden-gds

· 11.56am Kirsty McWilliam, on a bike from North Carriage-dri, Paddington, to Marble Arch

· 12.06pm Sugababes, on bus from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus

· 12.29pm Clive Woodward, running from the British Museum to Bloomsbury-st

· 12.50pm Denise Van Outen, in Soho from Wardour-st to Piccadilly Circus

· 1.02pm Sir Trevor McDonald, Trafalgar Sq to Whitehall

· 1.10pm Denise Lewis, Whitehall to Downing Street

· 1.22pm Kevin Pietersen, Bridge-st to Westminster Pier

· 1.27pm Vanessa Mae, on a boat from Westminster Pier to Festival Pier on the Southbank

· 2.32pm Amara Karan, running back across Waterloo Bridge

· 2.35pm Zoe Salmon, Waterloo Bridge north to Somerset House courtyard

· 2.57pmKenny Logan, Fleet Street to St Paul's Cathedral

· 3.02pm Ed Coode, St Paul's to Cannon-st

· 4.04pm Gail Emms, Whitechapel-rd, Mile End-rd, Bow-rd to Stratford (Gt Eastern-rd, Meridian-sq)

· 4.25pm Francesca Martinez, Gt Eastern-rd to cnr of Oxford-rd

· 4.31pm Tessa Sanderson, The Grove to Stratford Broadway

· 5.10pm Duncan Goodhew, South Colonnade to Cabot Square (Canary Wharf)

· 5.18pm Ellen MacArthur, on a boat from Canary Wharf Pier up river

· 5.49pm Danny Crates, running from QE II Pier to The Queen's Walk (Tower Bridge south side)

· 5.52pm Theo Walcott, Queen's Walk to Edmund Halley-way, East Parkside

· 5.54pm Dame Kelly Holmes, from Edmund Halley-way to Peninsula-sq, North Greenwich


Events along the route (torch time in bold):

10am-10.45am (torch passes 10.30am) WEMBLEY International dancers on stage outside Wembley Stadium, with Indian dance, Irish dance, Sufi dance and a Chinese ribbon dance.

10am-2pm (11:10am) LADBROKE GROVE Carnival Masquerade costumes performing to SOCA music.

10am-12pm (11.30am) NOTTING HILL Carnaval del Pueblo group evoke the carnival feeling for which Notting Hill is famous.

12pm Oxford Circus

12-1pm (12.45pm) CHINATOWN costumed dragons and lions along a well-decorated Gerrard-st with Chinese lanterns.

12.30pm Piccadilly Circus

1pm (12pm-1.15pm) TRAFALGAR SQUARE performers and music, with a banner dropped from a lift which rises from the stage, with a brass fanfare.

1.30pm SOUTHBANK spectacular welcome for the torch past the Royal Festival Hall with a choir of 600, plus poetry, circus, hip-hop and beatboxing.

2.30pm-4pm (2.30pm) SOMERSET HOUSE in The Strand, dance piece with music from the Bollywood Brass Band and 60 primary schoolchildren.

2.15pm-3pm (2.55pm) ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, Band of the Scots Guards welcome the flame with fanfares and music on the steps. Lord Mayor and Dean of St Paul's there with 150 schoolchildren dressed in Olympic-colour T-shirts and waving flags.

2.45pm-3.30pm (3.35pm) SOUTHWARK, outside City Hall, Chinese dragon dance and drumming.

3.30pm-4.15pm (4pm) WHITECHAPEL performances from Kinetika to celebrate the torch passing along Whitechapel High-st, Whitechapel-rd (passing East London Mosque), flamboyant street theatre of the Bengali tale of The Emperor and The Tiger.

2pm-6pm (4.30pm) STRATFORD, world-themed carnival with 300 schoolchildren, 50 spectacular carnival costumes and nine music floats. An aerial performance at Theatre Square alongside performances on the roof of the Stratford library and the Gerry Raffles Building as well as events in Meridian-sq, Salway-rd, inside Stratford shopping centre, Stratford Old Town Hall and Stratford station.

1pm-6pm (5pm) CANARY WHARF acrobats, jugglers, stilt-walkers, street theatre, music, dance, face painters, children's workshops, treasure hunts all throughout Canary Wharf outdoor spaces and shopping malls.

4.30pm-6pm (5.55pm) GREENWICH grand finale at Peninsula-sq rounds off the day, a fusion of 'East meets West,' contemporary and traditional, in a theatrical display of Chinese ribbon dancers, electro-acoustic music, gymnasts, pyro displays and a special performance from the Sugababes, with 5,000 ticket-holders seeing a spectacular display as the torch completes its final lap, when the last torchbearer reaches the stage to light the Olympic cauldron.

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