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  • Tracey Emin with the Olymic Torch at Turner Contemporary, by Rodin's The Kiss Photo Ady Kerry
  • Tracey Emin carries the Olympic flame up the steps of Turner Contemporary on its visit to Margate Photo Ady Kerry
  • Tracey Emin with the Olympic Torch at Turner Contemporary Photo Ady Kerry
  • Tracey Emin holding the torch with Director Victoria Pomery and Deputy Chair of Trustees Clive Stevens Photo Ady Kerry
  • Tracey Emin holding the torch with Director Victoria Pomery and guests Photo Ady Kerry
  • Tracey Emin passes the Olympic flame to swimmer Karen Pickering MBE at Turner Contemporary Photo Ady Kerry
Thu 19 Jul 2012

On Thursday 19 July the Olympic torch makes its journey to Margate for the last leg of its 8000 mile journey around the UK!

Don't miss the town's moment to shine...

Torch route
The torch is making its way to Thanet late morning, with expected arrival at Cliftonville from 11.30am, where it will pass down Northdown Road to Hawley Street in Margate, the High Street then down to Marine Drive, arriving at Turner Contemporary at approximately 12.30, then back up Marine Drive before heading off on the rest of its journey around Kent.
Tracey Emin carries the torch
Artist Tracey Emin will be carrying the torch for part of its journey through her hometown, and will arrive bearing the flame at Turner Contemporary, shortly after 12.30.
We're delighted to be a part of this hugely special occasion, especially as Tracey's exhibitionShe Lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea, part of the London 2012 Festival, is currently on show at the gallery.

Where to watch the torch
We expect thousands of people to visit the town for the torch celebrations. The area in front of and around the gallery is a main access point and as such there will be very limited space to view the torch here.

We advise everyone to enjoy the torch's arrival from The Parade piazza (opposite the seafront).

Visiting Turner Contemporary
The gallery will be open from 10am as normal on Thursday. However, we are expecting to be busierthan normal on Thursday, with crowds in Margate from mid-morning onwards. If we experience a large number of visitors inside the gallery, we may have to close the entrance for a period of time. It is likely that this peak time will be between 11am and 1.30pm.

There will be road closures and limited parking for the event, please visit Thanet District Council's torch website for full details.

Join in the celebrations
Find materials and resources here for celebrating the torch's arrival.
Cliftonville street party
A steel band, folk band and a rock group provide live music in Northdown Road in the lead up to the torch's arrival in Cliftonville, plus Milo the children’s entertainer and the Sure Start Bear will also be greeting the crowds.
Follow all the action of the Torch Relay live, see pictures, read all the news and more at

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