THE route of the Olympic Flame has been revealed with communities being invited to give it a warm welcome as it passes through south east Northumberland.
The Flame will spend three days in the county as it travels south on its way to London as part of the 2012 Olympic build up – travelling 136 miles through towns and villages in Northumberland.
And Northumberland County Council are arranging a series events alongside Culture Creative to help communities come together and celebrate the event.
The torch will first enter Northumberland at Berwick on Thursday, June 14, with residents in the south east of the county to see it the following day, being able to line the streets at certain points to cheer on the torchbearers.
It is expected to enter Ashington on June 15 at 8.42am on the A1068 next to Ashington Rugby Club. It will then follow the A197 to Asda Ashington before heading across to Newbiggin just after 9am.
The Olympic Flame will then head down Woodhorn Road, Woodhorn Lane, Front Street and North Seaton Road through the village before heading back across to Ashington along Newbiggin Road into Choppington and Stakeford, arriving in Guide Post just after 10am.
It will then travel through Morpeth along Howard Road to Newgate Street, through the town centre and out along Castle Bank towards the train station.
Torchbearers will take the Flame along Shields Road in Hartford before heading into Bedlington along Hartford Road, taking in Front Street and Bedlington Bank on its way to Bebside.
The Flame will then take over an hour to go through Blyth along Cowpen Road, Broadway and Rotary Way into North Tyneside.
Officials at Northumberland County Council are delighted at the amount of time the Flame will spend in the county.
Nigel Walsh, county cultural development manager, said: “We aim to show the world our distinctive assets and the vibrancy of our communities. It will take in all the iconic landmarks.
“We’re also hoping this will help increase participation in sport and culture.”
There will be an evening celebration at Alnwick Pastures on the evening of Thursday, June 14, to mark the Flame’s arrival in the town.
A total of 10,000 tickets for the event – which will feature live music and Olympic themed videos – will be issued on a first-come first-served basis via the website.
Local schools and community organisations are expected to get involved in events leading up to and during the Flame’s visit.
An estimated 110 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame per day, and they have been chosen from the local community for the work they have done or will be leading figures.