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UK’s oldest firefighter to carry Olympic torch in Surrey

The UK’s oldest full time firefighter, Malcolm Styles, will carry the Olympic torch in Felbridge on 17 July. Click here to download.

The UK’s oldest full time firefighter will carry the Olympic torch through Felbridge when it comes to Surrey on Tuesday.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s Malcolm Styles is one of four torchbearers chosen to carry the flame through the village on 17 July. The 63-year-old from Redhill has been a firefighter for 34 years.

The torch convoy is scheduled to arrive by car at 9.50am when it will stop along the A264 Copthorne Road, opposite Lyndhurst Farm Close. From there, torchbearers will carry the flame around 300 metres each along Copthorne Road and London Road in the direction of East Grinstead.

There will be temporary rolling road closures enforced by motorcycle police while the procession goes through Felbridge.

The torch will return to Surrey later in the week on Friday 20 July, when it will go through Godstone, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere and Godalming, before reaching Guildford at about 6pm for a night of celebrations in Stoke Park. The torch will also be in the Hampton Court area on Friday 27 July.

Torchbearers, including former England midfielder Ray Wilkins, carried the flame through Egham on 10 July. Click here to download.

Along with the torch relay, the county will host the men’s and women’s Olympic road cycling races on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July, as well as the cycling time trials on Wednesday 1 August. Detailed maps of all the routes are available online at gosurrey.info.

Preparations have been going on for more than two years to ensure the Games in Surrey are a success. Inevitably events on an Olympic scale will cause disruption, which is why residents and businesses are being asked to plan ahead and be prepared.

Extensive road closures and parking restrictions will be in place around the cycle routes from the early hours of the morning on event days. The aim is to reopen roads three hours after the last race vehicle passes.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to watch the Olympic events in Surrey, getting around will be difficult, which is why people are advised to stay close to their local areas and walk. Even after the events finish, the county’s roads and public transport will be very busy for some time as people make their way home.

Newsletters have been sent to residents and businesses within 100 metres of the cycle race and time trial routes to provide people with the information they need to prepare. All that information, plus everything else people in Surrey need to know to prepare for the Games, is available at gosurrey.info.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “The message is simple – be prepared and plan ahead to enjoy the Olympic Games in Surrey and to minimise the inevitable disruption that staging events of this size will bring.

“Journeys will take longer than usual, roads will be closed and public transport will be busier than usual. We’ve provided all the information people need to plan their journeys and we would urge them to use it.

“The Games have already brought huge economic, cultural and sporting benefits to Surrey and are a once on a lifetime opportunity to watch Olympic history unfold literally on our doorsteps. With some planning and foresight we can all enjoy it.”

Visit www.gosurrey.info for more information on the Olympic Games in Surrey.

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Journalists requiring more information, can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

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