Video: Updated, 6.20pm: Olympic torch relay rehearsal passes through Stamford

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Shoppers and town centre workers stopped to watch the the Olympic torch relay rehearsal pass through Stamford

People were in Red Lion Square, the High Street and on the Town Bridge to watch the convoy pass through.

Olympic torch trial rehearsal in High Street Stamford, April 20, 2012

Olympic torch trial rehearsal in High Street Stamford, April 20, 2012

The convoy included sponsors’ vehicles with music and dancers and police motorbikes. The torchbearers followed a media truck and pretended to pass the flame to each other at various changeover points.

On the Town Bridge Stamford Queen Eleanor School pupil Luke Watson, 15, took over the relay and carried his torch for 350 metres.

Afterwards, he said: “It went well and it was a really great experience.”

Luke, of Wittering, is a sports ambassador for the school which put him forward to take part in the rehearsal.

Jasmine Vanmali carries the torch from the National Space Centre in Leicester during the dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Jasmine Vanmali carries the torch from the National Space Centre in Leicester during the dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Video: Updated, 5.40pm

The Olympic torch relay rehearsal has passed through Langham and Oakham, crossed Rutland Water and gone through Uppingham and Stamford and has arrived at Burghley House.

It is now headed for Nene Valley Railway’s Wansford Station.

Crowds gathered in Stamford and cheered as the torch procession passed through.

Catmose Radiowaves reporter Rohan Mehra with the torch at the Catmose College junction

Catmose Radiowaves reporter Rohan Mehra with the torch at the Catmose College junction

The torch will arrived in Stamford just after 4.45pm and travelled along Tinwell Road into West Street, into Scotgate, through Red Lion Square to St John’s Street and into the High Street. The torch passed along the High Street and St Paul’s Street, into Brazenose Lane then St Leonard’s Street.

It turned left into Wharf Road and continued to High Street St Martin’s. It then went in convoy from the Barnack Road junction to Burghley House.

From there, it will go in convoy to Nene Valley Railway’s Wansford Station. It will travel to Orton Mere Station and begin its route through Peterborough at 6.35pm.

There will be a rolling road closure of the main route and all side road entrances, which will begin 10 to 15 minutes ahead of the torch convoy. After the torch has passed, the roads will be reopened as quickly as possible.

Catmose Radiowaves reporter Thomas Ameer-Beg with the torch at the Catmose College junction on the relay

Catmose Radiowaves reporter Thomas Ameer-Beg with the torch at the Catmose College junction on the relay

Updated, 3.20pm

The Olympic torch relay rehearsal has passed through Langham and Oakham and has reached Rutland Water.

Scores of people waved off torch carrier Paul Wood as he carried the torch on to a boat at Whitwell and it set off across the water. He will pass the torch on to another carrier on the water.

After that it’s Uppingham and then to Stamford.

The video with this article shows the relay passing through Oakham.

Updated, 2.20pm

Crowds gathered to watch the Olympic torch relay trial pass through Red Lion Square in Stamford 20/04/12

Crowds gathered to watch the Olympic torch relay trial pass through Red Lion Square in Stamford 20/04/12

The Olympic torch relay has passed through Langham and is on its way to Oakham.

The replica torch was carried along as dozens of people watched along the side of the road.

More to follow this afternoon. You can also follow the updates live on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/Mercury1712

Updated, 12.15pm

MOTORISTS are being warned to watch out for rolling road closures today across Rutland and Stamford as the Olympic torch dress rehearsal takes place.

The torch has already left Leicester this morning and is heading towards Melton and then on to Rutland, Stamford and then Peterborough. The Leicester to Peterborough route has been chosen as a test route for the relay which will take place in June and July in the build up to London 2012.

The full torch convoy will travel through the area, following the same route as it will during the main event on July 3 to enable organisers to test the convoy, crew and communications procedures.

The torch is due to reach Langham at 2.18pm, Oakham at 2.29pm, Rutland Water at 2.54pm and Uppingham at 4.15pm.

In Rutland a rolling road closure of the main route and all side road entrances will begin about 10 to 15 minutes ahead of the torch convoy.

The torch will come into Stamford from 4.45pm and road closures will take effect from 3.30pm.

On the day, all parking, including blue badge parking, will be restricted on the main routes through Langham, Oakham, Rutland Water, Uppingham and Stamford and in some side roads.

When in “torchbearer mode”, the convoy will travel at about four miles per hour and all entries onto the route will be closed off to traffic until shortly after it has passed.

The times of the torch route are liable to change for the main event, which is why the dress rehearsal is taking place.

Traffic control arrangements have been designed to ensure that traffic flows return to normal as quickly as possible, but there will inevitably be some congestion as the convoy passes.

Police, traffic marshals and stewards will be positioned along the route to offer advice, help and directions.

Signs indicating where and when the restrictions are have been put up and cones will be put out on the day.

People who live in the areas affected are being asked to make sure their vehicles are moved off the road before the convoy passes through and drivers are being advised to avoid the torch relay route throughout the day.

People doing the school run and using public transport can also expect delays.

The Olympic torch will pass through Rutland and Stamford on July 3 and Bourne and the Deepings on July 4.

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

For information about events in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/olympics2012

Crowds gathered to watch the Olympic torch relay trial pass through Red Lion Square in Stamford 20/04/12

Crowds gathered to watch the Olympic torch relay trial pass through Red Lion Square in Stamford 20/04/12