Olympic torch countdown in Sutton begins

Kingston Guardian: The Olympic flame was lit in Greece earlier this year The Olympic flame was lit in Greece earlier this year

The Olympic torch will be arriving in Sutton on Monday.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to cheer on runners as the torch makes its way from Beddington to Rosehill.

Streets along the route have been marked with official Olympic flags for the occasion, on what will be the 66th day of the torch relay, which began back on Cornwall in May.

Only a handful of runners are actually based in Sutton, and where you can see them is marked below.

A host of entertainment has been laid on along the route.

Live music will be performed at Carshalton Ponds from 1pm, there will be entertainment in Carshalton High Street and various stalls and activities in the Memorial Gardens and at Honeywood Museum.

An arts festival will be held in Sutton High Street from noon as part of the London 2012 Festival, while a summer sports and fun day will be at Sutton Life Centre from 11am to 4pm.

Sutton Council leader Councillor Ruth Dombey said: “This is such an exciting day for Sutton.

“I’m sure lots of people will come and join in the torch relay celebrations.

“It should be a magical day and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Kingston Guardian: Sutton Olympic torch route 480

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2pm - Croydon Road
2.23pm - Acre Lane
2.27pm - High Street
2.29pm - Pound Street
2.34pm - Carshalton Road
2.47pm - Chalk Pit Way
2.49pm - Sutton Court Road
2.50pm - High Street
2.53pm - St Nicholas Road
2.54pm - St Nicholas Way
2.59pm - Crown Road
3pm - High Street
3.05pm - Sutton Common Road
3.12pm - Reigate Avenue
3.20pm - Rosehill


Kingston Guardian: John Dawson Sutton torch bearer John Dawson, 45, Sutton: Left in a coma for many weeks following a road accident in 2001, he emerged blind and with major nerve and brain damage. He has become a volunteer and trustee of the Sutton Association for the Blind (SAB) and a valued member of the community, actively willing to give his time to the benefit of others. He is a fundraiser for the blind, completing the London marathon in 2006 and riding a bike to Paris in 2010.


Kingston Guardian: Lauren Sullivan Lauren Sullivan, 15, Sutton: Lauren has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. She has pain in her legs and back, and uses a wheelchair and three years ago, started swimming to help with the pain. She swam in the DSE Junior National disability championships and won three gold medals and won four gold medals at the national dwarf games. She has also won Sutton’s disabled sportsperson of the year award.


Kingston Guardian: Hayden Womble torch bearer Dean Parsons, 38, Morden: For six years he has volunteered as AFC Wimbledon’s mascot Haydon the Womble. He has done what he can to raise the profile of the club and raise money for charity, going on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, running the London marathon and raising nearly £10,000 for the Children’s Trust Tadworth. Bizarrely he will not be allowed to run in his costume.


Kingston Guardian: John Warr Sutton torchbearer John Warr, 47, Sutton: Has worked for Thomas Cook for 21 years and in that time has raised in excess of £30,000 for the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity by completing 12 marathons. In 2011, John raised £10,000 by taking part in seven different sporting events, including three marathons, two triathlons and two bike rides.


Sutton Guardian reporters and photographers will be travelling with the torch to bring you the best possible coverage live on our dedicated Olympic website suttonguardian. co.uk/olympics.

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