BREAKING NEWS: Olympic Torch relay to pass through the grounds of Burghley House

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THE Olympic Torch will change hands in the grounds of Burghley House in front of the granddaughter of an Olympic gold medallist.

The torch will visit Burghley Park on July 3 as it makes its way from Stamford to Peterborough.

It will change hands in the presence of Miranda Rock, director of the house and granddaughter of Olympic hurdler David Cecil, Lord Burghley, who won a gold medal at the 1928 Games

The flame is expected between 5pm and 6pm and visitors to the park are invited to take in the spectacle.

Admission on the day will be free as usual but traffic is likely to be difficult and parking will be limited. Spectators are advised to walk into the park and line the route or enjoy a summer evening with the a picnic and the backdrop of the house.

David Cecil, Lord Burghley (1905-1981), who inherited the title of Marquess of Exeter from his father in 1956, won a number of medals and honours during his athletic career, culminating in the gold for the 400 metres hurdles at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and silver in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics 4x400 metre relay.

He later went on to chair the organising committee for the 1948 Olympic Games, the last to be held in London.

Burghley House will join the Olympic celebrations by dedicating its annual Treasury Exhibition to its Olympic connections.

An Olympian at Burghley will show memorabilia including David Cecil’s running outfit, medals and information about his sporting career.

And for those who want to watch the Olympics in a spectacular setting, Burghley will be throwing a Great Olympic Garden Party every day during the London games.

The normally-closed private South Gardens will host a big screen showing TV coverage from Saturday, July 28 to Saturday August 11. This will be included with the price of a normal house and gardens ticket.

Access to the screen will be available 10am to 10pm, last admission 6pm, with special late night tickets after 6pm at a reduced rate.

A special Olympic Pass will also be available covering the whole period. For full details visit or telephone 01780 752451.