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Olympic torch arrives at University

30 May 2012

The Olympic torch relay arrives at The University of Manchester tomorrow as it scales the magnificent Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory
The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory

The relay, which is visiting around 95% of the UK over 70 days, will arrive at the Observatory tomorrow morning and will be carried into the 250ft dish of the telescope by a high-profile torch bearer.

Local schoolchildren and invited guests will be on the site to greet the torch and University President and Vice-Chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell will welcome the torch on site.

Jodrell Bank is a unique combination of live science and a visitor attraction, combining internationally recognised Astronomy research with superb interactive learning activities.

It was recently chosen as the world headquarters for the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest telescope, and opened a £3m state-of-the-art visitor centre last year.

Because of heightened security for the arrival of the torch, the event will not be open to the public and nearby roads will be closed.

Notes for editors

Only media already accredited for the event will be able to attend. Any who turn up without accreditation will not be allowed entry.

Images from the event will be available tomorrow afternoon. Please contact Katy Dixon at or 01477 571 766

For more details on the Torch Relay please visit

For any other media enquiries please contact:

Daniel Cochlin
Media Relations Officer
The University of Manchester
0161 275 8387