BREAKING NEWS: Olympic Torch will cross Rutland Water by boat on July 3, organisers reveal

Olympic torchbearer Paul Neehuis, from Oakham, pictured before the London Marathon last year
Olympic torchbearer Paul Neehuis, from Oakham, pictured before the London Marathon last year
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ORGANISERS of the Olympic Torch relay, which will pass through Rutland on July 3 have revealed this morning that the torch will cross Rutland Water by boat.

They have also announced that Paul Neehuis, 28, of Oakham, will carry the torch as it passes through Uppingham.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced this morning that the iconic torch will pass through Langham and Oakham and then cross Rutland Water from Whitwell to Normanton before it moves to Uppingham.

Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “Seeing the Olympic Torch pass through the area where you live is a once in a lifetime event and one that I’m sure our local community is very much looking forward to.

“We are absolutely delighted with the news that it will take to the water and I look forward to the pictures of Rutland being beamed across the country and around the world.”

Mr Neehuis, who is manager at Calico Bar in Mill Street, Oakham, was nominated to carry the torch by his mother for battling back from a serious operation in 2008 to complete the London Marathon last year, raising £2,000 for Loros, the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to carrying the Olympic Flame and am already counting down the days.

“I’m still in a state of shock really since I found out that I’d been selected and I’m really lucky to have the chance to take part in such a big event.

“It will be such an amazing feeling to carry the Olympic Torch through Rutland and I’m sure there will be lots of people lining the streets to cheer me on.”

Coun Begy said: “I would like to congratulate Paul for being selected to carry the Olympic Flame through Rutland and look forward to details of the other torchbearers being announced in the near future.”

The torch will be in Langham from 2.18pm to 2.25pm; Oakham from 2.29pm to 2.43pm; Rutland Water from 2.54pm to 3.42pm and Uppingham from 4.15pm to 4.24pm. The routes the torch will take will be revealed shortly.

Begy added: “There will be plenty of opportunities for people to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through Langham, Oakham, Rutland Water and Uppingham.

“I’m sure local communities along the route are already planning their own celebrations and we are keen for people to line the streets and welcome the torch to Rutland.”

An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Torch during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony to signify the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For more information about the Olympic Torch in Rutland visit www.rutland.gov.uk/olympictorchrelay