23 May 2012
Last updated at 02:17
Royal Wootton Bassett, in Wiltshire, is used to hundreds of people lining its streets. Since 2007, corteges of British soldiers killed abroad have passed through the town from RAF Lyneham as part of their repatriation.
But now the people of Royal Wootton Bassett have been preparing for a very different occasion – the arrival of the Olympic torch. The torch relay, which began at Land's End on Saturday, is scheduled to pass through the town at about 12:45 BST.
The corteges of the British soldiers no longer pass through the town. Peter Doyle, a councillor, said he was very proud of its role and hoped it had set a good example for others to follow.
The Wiltshire town, which became the first in more than 100 years to get the title of Royal, has been preparing for the torch relay for the past year. Piper and former Hercules pilot Sam Wright, 67, will play as the Olympic torch enters and leaves the streets.
David Williams is Royal Wootton Bassett's CCTV supervisor. He will be monitoring the screens as the torch passes through the area. He said he had the best seat to watch the event.
Staff at the town council hold bunting made by a local Girl Guides group. About 1.500 metres of the decoration has been prepared for the relay.
The council's groundsmen have been making sure the flower beds are bright and colourful along the route.
Wiltshire Police's main role on the day will be to make sure people are safe and that the roads are clear. Insp Chris Martin said Royal Wootton Bassett could potentially see 18,000 people watch the relay on Wednesday.
Peter Gray, 73, is the vice chairman of the British Legion. He has been in charge of the town's flag since repatriations began in 2007. He said the torch relay would make a difference with it not being a sad occasion.
Resident Richard Griffiths, 85, was an Olympic torchbearer in 1948. He said: "I wish I was carrying it tomorrow, I don't think there's many of us [1948 torchbearers] left." A sign has been made for Mr Griffiths which recognises his achievement at the last London Olympic Games.