We’re already winners as torch heads our way

A11 Week 45'MCBH'DP'Announcement of the Olympic torch relay which will pass through Hemel Hempstead - pictured at Sportspace is Bradley Pike and Andrew Williams with children from Hemel Hempstead School

A11 Week 45'MCBH'DP'Announcement of the Olympic torch relay which will pass through Hemel Hempstead - pictured at Sportspace is Bradley Pike and Andrew Williams with children from Hemel Hempstead School

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THE Olympic torch will pass through Hemel Hempstead next summer during the build up to the 2012 games.

It was officially announced on Monday that the town is one of 1,018 places to be visited by the symbol of the games as it makes its way across the UK.

The torch will arrive in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, July 8, after visiting St Albans, before heading up to stay overnight in Luton.

Dacorum Borough Council leader Andrew Williams said: “I am proud to announce that Dacorum will be hosting part of the Olympic Torch Relay Route and want to encourage the community to make the most of this historic opportunity by welcoming the flame as it makes its way through the borough on its journey.”

At the announcement event on Monday, council officials were joined by 2016 Olympic hopeful triple-jumper Bradley Pike from Tring, Tony Amies from Dacorum Volunteer Centre and Year 7 pupils from Hemel Hempstead School.

The exact route the torch will take through the town is yet to be decided.

Those who have been chosen to carry the torch will be announced next month.

Resident services manager at the council Julie Still said: “This is really going to be about the community.

“There is still an awful lot to do, but we hope people will get on board.

“It’s a real chance for the community to come together.”

Dacorum Volunteer Centre is hoping that the Olympic Games, and the torch visit, to the town, will prompt people to get involved in community volunteering..

The entire route can be viewed online in an interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap.