Torch’s warm welcome

Andy Thorp
Andy Thorp

PUPILS and staff from a Lowton school have the honour of welcoming the Olympic Torch into the borough today (Thursday).

The torch will enter the borough along Winwick Lane at around 3.20pm where students from Lowton CofE High School will be on hand to welcome it with a banner.

The arrival of the Olympic flame will also initiate the start of the high school’s own torch relay which will involve over 21 primary schools and culminate on July 11 at the school’s Olympic themed Games.

Between 2 and 3pm Lowton high school pupils (complete with togas) will entertain the residents of Lime House Care Home with performances from the school’s choir and performing arts department - telling the story of how the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece.

The torch cavalcade will pass through Lowton and Golborne before arriving in Wigan town centre just after 4.10pm then carries on to Westhoughton at around 5.30pm.

Street Soccer Academy founder, Andy Thorp, has joined the exclusive list of local individuals who will have the honour of carrying the Olympic torch.

Andy joins a list of inspirational local people, including Leigh Harriers Athletics Club legend Derek Howarth and charity fund-raiser Cameron Foster, in being named as an Olympic torch bearer.

The public are invited to line the route and join in the day.

The organisers have said that the presenting partner vehicles will hand out Torch Relay keepsakes from the left hand side of the vehicles.

The council won’t be closing any roads on the day and is working closely with the police and other partners to ensure everything operates safely and efficiently.