Celebrations planned to greet torch

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PLANS are already in hand to celebrate the Olympic torch’s journey through Seaton Valley next year.

The organising committee of the London Olympic Games, chaired by Lord Coe, announced last month that the flame will pass through 17 towns and villages in the county on its 70-day journey around the UK.

The Northumberland route has been picked to give as many people as possible the chance to see the famous flame passing by.

It will come to Ashington, Newbiggin, Choppington, Morpeth, Hartford, Bedlington and Blyth – travelling through Seaton Sluice en route to Whitley Bay – on Friday, June 15.

The Olympic torch relay will then head into Newcastle before going west into the Tyne Valley on Saturday, June 16.

Seaton Valley Council is already drawing up plans for an event to celebrate the occasion.

Addressing the council’s meeting last week, vice-chairman Susan Dungworth said: “The route is going to go from Blyth through Seaton Sluice to Whitley Bay.

“I think it would be really good to try and do something then in the area opposite the middle school and on the beach, maybe something like an inter-schools sports day or something.

“This isn’t something that will happen again in my lifetime, and it probably won’t again in my children’s lifetime, so I think we should try and bring people here and have something going on during the day so people aren’t waiting for the torch to come through.”

The council has now formed a sub-committee to discuss what events they can hold when the torch arrives in June.

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on May 18, 2012, ready to be carried across the UK by 8,000 torchbearers.

Go online and visit www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay map for details of the journey.