History will be made in Rutland next Tuesday (3rd July) when the Olympic Torch travels across Europe’s largest man-made reservoir – Rutland Water.
The torch will be arriving at Rutland Water just before 3pm, before being taken out on to the water and handed over in the middle of the reservoir – the only boat-to-boat transfer in its 70 day journey around the UK.
Tony Entwistle is managing the event for Anglian Water, who own and operate Rutland Water Park. He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local residents to see the torch in the picturesque surroundings of Rutland.
“We want everyone to have to best chance of seeing the torch, so we are suggesting people head to the Whitwell site (LE15 8BL) where there is ample parking and space for spectators to gather, with ‘the point’ offering the best views of the whole event.”
From Whitwell spectators will be able to see the torchbearer arrive and run down to board the boat before following its progress across the water to the Normanton shore.
Tony continued: “We would urge anyone who wants to see the torch to arrive at Whitwell by 1pm to be sure of a parking space and a great view. There are plenty of excellent facilities on site and it’s also a great opportunity to bring along a picnic to enjoy with the event in this beautiful setting.
“Not only will you see the torch itself but all the convoy vehicles will be on hand to add to the spectacle and entertainment.”