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Snowdon takes top spot on torch tour; In the coming days the Daily Post will preview the route of the Olympic torch before its arrival in N.Wales on Sunday, May 27 and profile some of the 200 or more torchbearers who'll carry it Today: Beaumaris, Menai Bridge and Snowdon.

Byline: MOLLY JOHNSON

THE Olympic Flame has a big climb ahead of it as it makes its way up Snowdon later this month.

On Tuesday May 29 the Olympic Torch will begin its Beaumaris and Menai Bridge stretch, in which it will take some unusual forms of transport.

The flame, carried by nominated individuals recognised for their talent and hard work will arrive in Beaumaris just before 7.15am.

The route will begin at Castle Street at 7.12am, and will make its way through Alma Street at 7.15am, RNLI slipway at 7.17am, Menai Bridge Pier at 7.53am, Ffordd Cynan/St George's Road at 7.54am, Water Street at 7.55am, Telford Road at 7.56am, Menai Bridge at 7.59am and the A5 at 8.04am, before arriving at Treborth Road at 8.05 am.

The local community is urged to line the streets with support and be part of the celebrations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Isle of Anglesey County Council Chairman, Councillor Gwilym O. Jones is welcoming the torch's forthcoming historical visit to the Island, and said "To see it arriving on our Island will be a truly memorable experience. I am very excited about the visit and I'm sure the people of Anglesey are too."

Part of the scheduled route will include the Olympic Torch visiting Snowdon Mountain Railway, where it will be travelling by train up the 3,560ft ascent to reach the summit of Snowdon.

This is one of a handful of locations that the Olympic Torch will be taking part of its route by an alternative means of transport.

This is said to be one of the highlights of the Flame's journey as it reaches the highest point of the 2012 torch relay route, a historic moment for Wales.

The torch won't only be taking to the tracks, but will also be travelling a stage of its journey by sea. The RNLI lifeboat will take the selected torch bearer on the route from Beaumaris castle to the mainland.

Phillip Greville, Beaumaris RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said "The volunteer lifeboat crew are looking forward to taking part in the relay and transfer the Olympic Torch from Beaumaris to Menai Bridge.

"We have been planning this significant event for many weeks, and it will be a rare chance for the public to see a variety of RNLI lifeboats escort the torchbearer across the Straits."

As well as being transported by sea, RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards have also been chosen to carry the torch after, being nominated by their local community.
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