Shropshire

London 2012: Shropshire torch relay route revealed

Matthew Clark
Image caption Matthew Clark, 15, has been chosen as one of the torchbearers for the Ludlow area.

The streets on which the Olympic torch relay will pass through Shropshire have been revealed.

The flame will be carried through a number of areas across the county twice in May as part of a 70-day UK tour which starts on 19 May.

Matthew Clark, aged 15, from Lydbury, has a rare genetic disorder and has been chosen as one of the torchbearers for the Ludlow area.

He said: "I'm really excited and a bit nervous too."

Matthew, who goes to Bishops Castle Community College, was born with Robinow syndrome that affects skeletal development.

His father Colin Clark said Matthew had been determined not to let the condition stop him living a healthy and active life, contrary to what medical experts warned when he was born.

Mr Clark said: "He's achieved a lot in 15 years, including things normal children would do without a problem in spite of some difficulty with walking and balance."

Matthew said: "I'm very determined and if I wasn't, I wouldn't enjoy sports like rugby so much, I don't want to be treated like a different person.

"I'm very excited about carrying the Olympic flame and doing something not many people will be able to say they've done."

The Olympic torch will pass through Shropshire on 24 May passing through Ludlow, Clee Hill and Cleobury Mortimer.

After the first day in Shropshire, the torch will go to Worcestershire and travel on the Severn Valley Railway from Bewdley to Kidderminster before travelling through Droitwich Spa, Fernhill Heath, and ending the day in Worcester.

It will be back in Shropshire on 30 May as it travels from Chester to Stoke-on-Trent.

The route will pass through Oswestry, Pant, Llanymynech, Shrewsbury, Cressage, Much Wenlock, Benthall, Broseley, Ironbridge, Telford and Newport.

During the 10-week relay the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.

Locog say the torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population.

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