|The Olympic torch will visit the Stonehenge prehistoric |
monument as part of its journey around Britain
before the London 2012 Games
The decision does mean, however, the public will not be able to descend on Stonehenge to see the once-in-a-lifetime moment it is carried around the Neolithic monument
English Heritage, which manages the stones, and Olympic Torch Relay bosses confirmed the early morning visit after publishing a route which did not include Stonehenge or Avebury.
Western Daily Press reader Margaret Scott said: "Obviously Stonehenge is one of the major tourist attractions in Britain and it just seemed ridiculous if the torch relay is going to Amesbury but not going a mile to the west to be run around Stonehenge. They surely are not missing it out?"
A spokesman for English Heritage said that they had been informed by the Olympic organisers that the torch would be driven to Stonehenge and back again early on July 12th, before it is scheduled to leave Salisbury Cathedral, for a photocall.
"Rest assured the opportunity to have the Olympic torch at Stonehenge is not going to be missed," said a spokesman.
The National Trust has also confirmed that the torch is due to be carried up to the top of Glastonbury Tor on Tuesday May 22 – again not as part of the published route, which merely suggests the relay will pound the streets of the town. But it appears there is not such good news for another of the West's historic sites.
Stonehenge Tour Guide