It has been confirmed that Haverhill local and Paralympian, Caroline Maclean will be one of the Torchbearers carrying the Olympic flame through the streets of Haverhill on Saturday July 7th 2012.
Travelling 8,000 miles across the UK in a relay that features 8,000 specially selected Torchbearers, it was previously reported that although Caroline would be part of the relay, she would not be involved in the Haverhill leg. However, it has now been confirmed that the Team GB wheelchair basketball competitor will carry the flame through her home town after all.
Having written to Olympic relay organisers LOCOG to ensure that Caroline’s part in the relay would be through Haverhill on July 7th, Matthew Hancock MP was delighted with the news.
"Caroline is the town's Olympian, and this decision will be a boost for Caroline and the whole town. I commend all those who have campaigned hard, and now successfully, for this most welcome outcome." he commented.
"The torch's trip through Haverhill is recognition that this is a town on the up, and I'm sure it's a day everyone is looking forward to."
Caroline Maclean has represented Team GB at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, and has been selected as a member of London 2012’s wheelchair basketball team.
A once-in-a-lifetime spectacle
The Olympic torch will arrive in Haverhill on Saturday July 7th at 2:42pm and will be carried from the top of Camps Road down to Haverhill town centre. It will then pass along the High Street and down Mount Road, before being carried along Ehringshausen Way and Lordscroft Lane. The torch will then travel up Wratting Road before returning to its vehicle convoy to be taken to Bury St Edmunds.