Release Date: 23/07/2012
The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames will be heading down the Thames on a local barge this week – ahead of the Olympic Torch on the 27 July.
On Friday, the torch will begin it's final journey towards the stadium by visiting the maze at Hampton Court Palace before setting sail down the River Thames on the Royal barge. Powered by 18 former Olympic rowers, the Gloriana will be joined by a flotilla of vessels as it transports the torch to City Hall for the final leg of its tour. Cllr Rita Palmer will be representing the borough on the local Kingston Royale and will travel down the river with local businesses, before the flotilla begins.
The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Rita Palmer, said:
“It is a pleasure to be involved in the final day of the Olympic Torch relay. Hosting the Games in London is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so pleased that Richmond upon Thames gets to not only see the torch twice, but is playing host to a number of Olympic activities. Over the next month I hope that the whole borough gets behind our athletes as we welcome the world to London.”
The Kingston Royale will set sail on Friday 27th July at 7.15am. The barge will then go ahead of the torch which is being carried on the Gloriana. Once the Kingston Royale arrives at Teddington Lock, the barge will pull over for photo opportunities and the Torch will pass. The Kingston Royale will then be behind the Royal Barge Gloriana for the remainder of the journey to City Hall. At lunchtime it will be taken into City Hall, before being transported to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.