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Cally Road set to give Olympic torch a huge welcome this Thursday morning

July 24, 2012

The torch passes through our neighbourhood on its last full day in London en route for Stratford and Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony

The Olympic torch relay passes through Islington early on Thursday morning and a huge programme of performances and spectacle will mark its arrival at key points throughout the Borough.

A special welcome has been organised for the Caledonian Road from around 07.45 on Thursday morning. The torch will pass up Cally Rd and turn right into Offord Rd on its way towards Highbury Corner and then the Town Hall.

Shops, cafes and other traders are opening-up early and organising impromptu events for the hundreds of residents and visitors who are expected to cheer the relay as it goes through our neighbourhood. Bunting, flags and decorations will go up at dawn on Thursday and there will be music and entertainment too.

Pubs and cafes, like the Prince on the corner of Bridgeman Road, are planning to make a mountain of toast. Hundreds of soft drinks, teas and coffees will be served by businesses in the heart of our High Street. Cally Pool will have sports-themed celebrations too.

The torch relay starts its journey through Islington from the London Canal Museum on New Wharf Road (leaving just before 8am) before travelling along Wharfdale Road than up Caledonian Road.

The full map of the route through Islington can be seen by clicking here.

Some disruption to bus services on Caledonian Road is likely between about 07.30 and 08.30.

Full information about Islington and the Olympics is at

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