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Full early-morning Paralympic torch route through Harrow revealed
Full details of the Paralympic torch’s route through the borough – in the early hours of the morning – have been released.
Harrow’s leg of the relay will begin at 3.30am on August 29 when the torch will pass from Bushey along Stanmore Hill into the town centre, before travelling along Marsh Lane, Honeypot Lane and Kingsbury Road in a two-hour stint.
In contrast to the Olympic Torch Relay, which took 70 days to travel across the UK carried by 8,000 torchbearers, the Paralympic equivalent will be a 24-hour relay by 580 torchbearers in teams of five along the 92-mile route from Stoke Mandeville to London.
The relay will take in the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing, Lord's Cricket Ground, Piccadilly Circus and Tower Bridge before heading to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony.
The early-morning nature of the torch’s trip through Harrow was heavily criticised by disabled charities in the borough last month, with one saying organisers were just “paying token value” to the Paralympics.
But London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said: “We have created a unique identity for the Paralympic Torch Relay which will be a celebration of courage, determination, inspiration and equality that every Paralympian represents.”