The Olympic flame will arrive at the BP station on the Belfast Road at around 6.30pm on June 5. It will then be carried towards Trevor Hill along Abbey Way and Kilmorey Street to the Warrenpoint Road and Pairc Esler where it will be taken on a full lap of the grounds before being brought to the stage and used to light a cauldron. This will signal the kick-off of what is being billed as a major celebration featuring top drawer acts in concert. The event will be open to a crowd of 10,000 and tickets will be allocated buy the council. The following day -June 6- will see the torch arrive back in Newry from Dublin. This time it will start its journey through the city from the Town Hall, where ten lucky primary school children will join the Mayor for a ceremony to way it on its way. Its tour of Newry will this time take the torch through the streets of Bank Parade, Sugar Island, Hill Street Merchant’s Quay, Canal Street, New Street and the Downshire Road back to the BP station on the Belfast Road where it will rejoin its convoy and be transported to Lisburn.
20th March 2012