All bells ringing for the last torch relay in our area

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ALL the stops will be pulled out to welcome the Paralympic torch to Berkhamsted, Tring and Bourne End.

The torch relay, which will see groups of runners journey from Stoke Mandeville to London on Tuesday, August 28, is the first of its kind and a major coup for the towns.

It will arrive in Tring at 11.10pm, Berkhamsted at 11.33pm and Bourne End at 12.18am, to crowds lining the street.

A beacon will be lit at the top of the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Tring, where a peal of bells will be rung. There will also be bells at St Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted.

Refreshments will be on offer at the high street Baptist Church and the Conservative Club in Tring. Those who want to party should head to The Akeman for a cocktail party, and hot soup will be served outside from 10pm.

In Berkhamsted there will be a live band and barbecue at The Kings Arms Hotel.

Tring deputy mayor Roxanne Ransley said: “There is a lot of speculation about the numbers that will turn up. We just want to see as many people as possible from Tring and the wider area too. This is their last opportunity to see something like this for some time.”