The London Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that the Olympic Torch Relay will visit the borough on the 24th and 27th July 2012, being one of the only boroughs in London that will see the torch twice.
As part of its tour around the UK, the Olympic Torch will visit over 1,000 villages, towns and cities, including all London boroughs. Whilst LOCOG have made this commitment to Londoners, no additional funding has been provided to local areas to meet the costs of hosting the parade.
Cllr Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, said:
“I am very happy that Richmond upon Thames has been included in this prestigious event. And I am sure that residents around the borough will enjoy the experience. But sometimes the bureaucrats in charge of these bodies seem to forget that Londoners, alone of the 1000 places to be visited, are already paying for the Olympics.
“I have no doubt that given the international reputation of our beautiful borough many spectators and visitors from around the world will gravitate to the Borough to see the torch.
Cllr Elliott said:
"It is fantastic that Richmond Borough can play its part in the global sporting event that is the Olympics. It is an honour to receive that Torch and I look forward to welcoming it through our towns and villages."