Olympic torch route through Coventry announced

By Matthew Bates 19/03 Updated: 19/03 12:39

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The Olympic torch relay route has been revealed.

THE ROUTE of the highly-anticipated Olympic torch relay through Coventry has been announced.

Torchbearers set to hold the famous flame through the city have also been revealed, with the group of 23 chosen including a 17-year-old Somalian-born footballer and a 70-year-old woman.

They will reach the city just after 6pm on Sunday, July 1 - day 44 of the route - after travelling through Leamington and Kenilworth.

The torch will then head to War Memorial Park, which will also host a world music-inspired finale of the Godiva Festival on the same day.

It will then set off from the Transport Museum at 7am next morning.

From there it will head down Priory Street, Gosford Street and out of the city centre through Sky Blue Way and Binley Road towards Rugby.

Only a handful of the torchbearers are from the city, with Olympic bosses promising hopefuls a place at a venue within an hour of their home.

Coventry Residents set to handle the torch in their home town are 16-year-old Chanel Carter, Shane Kennedy, 32, 70-year-old Diane Lewis and Bhanu Dabhi, 68.

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