Monday, 12 December 2011

Torch triumph

Me with the invite to Prudhoe from Lord Coe

There has been a positive reaction in Prudhoe to news that the Olympic torch will be making a detour in between its trip from Newcasle to Durham next year and will be coming through Tynedale on Saturday 16th 2012.

The news came after a campaign from me and officers at the council to ensure people in Prudhoe and the west of the county have a chance to see the torch. The original route planned by the London committee meant the torch would only travel down the east coast of Northumberland. There was considerable concern in the town that we would miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. As the portfolio holder for culture on the council I was in the perfect position to lobby the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to tweak the route. I am really pleased to say that they have listened. The torch will be coming through on a Saturday so there will be plenty of opportunities for residents to see the torch first hand.

The torch relay is going round the UK and will be accompanied by a convoy of vehicles from LOCOG,
sponsors and the Metropolitan Police. Nominations have closed for people to run with the torch and I hope that a local person will be selected to run the distance in Prudhoe. In Northumberland, we have managed to get the torch for much more time than anywhere else in the North East. The County Council is now working with the Town Council, who hopefully will arrange a warm reception for the torch. We are aiming for a celebration of sport, with lots of activities for young people and to bring back some old local sporting traditions, such as the Miners’ run, which saw people running to Hedley and back. Anyone wanting to get involved in the celebrations can email me at neil.bradbury at northumberland.gov.uk

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