2012 Olympic torch coming to county

Senior officers at Northumberland County promoting the Olympic Torch Relay.
Senior officers at Northumberland County promoting the Olympic Torch Relay.

THE Olympic torch will travel through Northumberland on its 70-day journey around the UK, it has been confirmed.

The torch will arrive in the UK on May 18 next year and will stop overnight in Alnwick on June 14, sparking a night of celebrations in the town.

The exact route the flame will then take has not yet been confirmed, but there is a possibility that it will head through south east Northumberland on its way to Newcastle.

Northumberland County Council chief executive Steve Stewart said: “This really is fantastic news for the county and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone involved.

“This is a chance for Northumberland residents to show their support for the Olympics and to be a part of the excitement it brings to the world.

“The event will be an immense attraction and, I am sure, a moving and memorable occasion.”

The torch will spend 70 days travelling around the UK, four of them in the north east.