UPDATED: The Olympic torch arrives in Grantham TODAY!

The Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch

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THE Olympic Torch will arrive in Grantham this afternoon - fingers crossed the weather will stay dry.

There is a good chance of rain so make sure you take along your raincoat and brollie.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to welcome the torch as it travels through the town.

The route begins in Manthorpe Road at 3.42pm. After being carried past the hospital and to the bottom of Manthorpe Road, it then heads along Castlegate before turning on to the High Street via Avenue Road and St Peter’s Hill.

The torch will head along the High Street and Watergate before turning left at the Asda traffic lights and heading away from town on Barrowby Road.

The route ends at the Barrowby Gate roundabout, where the torch will be transported by vehicles to Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Organisers hope to see thousands of Granthamians on the streets to welcome the torch, with Olympic bunting already out in preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

The torch will be carried by Bingham Penguins swimmer Victoria Freer, Macmillan fund-raiser Tam Seamark of Nottingham, Toothill schoolteacher Simon Brown, 12-year-old sportsman Luke Wright of Newark, pharmacist and AIDS campaigner Hugh Carville of Nottingham, Nottingham fund-raiser Drew Baumohl and wheelchair bodybuilder Darran Winfield-Stanesby of Mansfield.

Grantham College student Tracey Lamb ran with the torch in Boston yesterday. She will be at Grantham Museum this afternoon where people will have the opportunity to have a photograph taken with her torch.

* FOLLOW THE TORCH UPDATES AS IT PASSES THROUGH THE TOWN VIA TWITTER AT #granthamtorch