Olympic Torch fever hits Chesterfield and Derbyshire

Pictured are gathering crowds in Chesterfield as they await the arrival of the Olympic Torch.
Pictured are gathering crowds in Chesterfield as they await the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

CROWDS and street entertainers have been bringing a carnival atmosphere to Chesterfield town centre as the Olympic Torch is due to make its way through the town centre.

The torch has been moving its way from Glpawell and Bolsover earlier today and has gone through Calow and is now appearing in Chesterfield town centre as was scheduled from 12.25pm to 13.30pm.

It has been moving along Chesterfield Road near the White Hart pub towards Chesterfield along Hady Hill, St Mary’s Gate, Church Way, Knifesmithgate, Rose Hill, Clarence Road, West Bars, Chatsworth Road, Walton Road, and is finishing at the junction of Matlock Road and Foljambe Avenue.

Other locations and times today include the following:

Matlock 1.45pm to 3.06pm

Chesterfield Road by Bentley Brook, near Lumsdale junction, and enters Highfields School for a lunch stop at 1.49pm. Resumes 2.49pm on Chesterfield Road near Wolds Road junction, to Steep Turnpike (closed to spectators), Causeway Lane, Bakewell Road and finishes at Bakewell Road A6 roundabout.

Darley Dale 3.13pm to 3.20pm

Dale Road South near Warney Road junction and finishes at Dale Road South near Green Lane

Chatsworth 3.37pm to 3.57pm

From the estate’s third set of gates with an exchange in front of Chatsworth House with a 20minute break before it goes across the estate’s bridge.

Bakewell 4.23pm to 4.39pm

Baslow Road near B6001 junction, past Newholme hospital to Buxton Road and finishes at Buxton Road, near Mill Street junction.

Buxton 5.03pm to 5.30pm

Bakewell Road near Dale Road junction, to Spring Gardens, Bridge Street, Station Road, St John’s Road, Water Street, The Square, The Crescent, Terrace Road, High Street, London Road and finishing at London Road near Highland Close junction.

Ashbourne 6.02pm to 6.10pm

Buxton Road near North Avenue and Windmill Lane junction, to St John’s Street, Dig Street, Compton Street, Derby Road, finishing near Compton Street junction.

Derbyshire County Council is working to keep disruption to a minimum but roads along the route will be closed before and during the Torch Relay and a rolling road closure system will be used. More information about planned road closures will be available by visiting http://www.twitter.com/derbyshirecc on Twitter.