Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Alnwick to swap Potter Magic for Olympic Magic

Yesterday I heard the wonderful news that The Olympic torch relay is going to be running through Northumberland for a day and a half during the 14th and 15th of June next year, which has been announced today. It will be stopping for the evening of the 14th in Alnwick. There will be a big celebration event that day and the world will be looking at Northumberland. It is chance to put the whole county in the shop window and a brilliant chance to get the next generation motivated.

It is well known with my friends that I am a bit of a sceptic when it comes to some of the wilder predicitions of nationwide economic gain from London 2012. Nevertheless, these two days are the opportunity to get people involved and to put on a really good show for people.

I am really keen that residents get involved in these two days. We are lobbying for additional events over the two days and I hope that we will be able to take the torch out to other parts of the county that are not on the main route of the torch. In particular, I would love to see the torch being brought to Hadrians Wall, which would highlight the appeal of the west of the county as well.

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