Olympic Torch Relay Crosses the Iron Bridge
22nd March 2012
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Olympic Torch Relay Crosses the Iron Bridge

In its 230 year history the world's first iron bridge in Shropshire has been crossed by millions of people, horses, cattle, cars, trucks, members of the Royal family and even an elephant, and on the 30 May 2012 the Olympic Flame will be crossing the famous Iron Bridge at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, as part of the London 2012 Torch Relay.

The Flame is expected to cross the Bridge over the River Severn at 3.14 pm and makes its way along the Wharfage watched by crowds of well-wishers before it goes on to Telford town centre.

There will be two temporary London 2012 banners on either side of the structure making the perfect backdrop for everyone to take photographs, recording this once in a lifetime moment.

Barrie Williams, Chairman Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust said: "It is wonderful to be able to welcome the Flame to the area and see it cross the Iron Bridge. The Gorge has been at the centre of the London 2012 Games since the Museum launched the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands in 2008. Having crossed the Iron Bridge, the Torch Relay will continue past Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, where there are three amazing Cultural Olympiad exhibitions, including CORE, a spectacular digital art exhibition which is also part of the London 2012 Festival. Once the Flame has left the area we are inviting the local community to visit Enginuity and the exhibitions as our guests between 4.00-5.30 pm.”

Anyone wishing to view the Torch Relay in the Ironbridge Gorge should visit www.telford.gov.uk/london2012torch where they will find maps of the routes and useful information about parking and other details

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