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LOCOG confirms the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along

LOCOG confirms the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along

The Olympic Torch Relay will light up communities right across County Durham during three inspirational days in June this year. Passing though towns and villages from Barnard Castle in the west to Peterlee in the east and Consett to the north, moving down through Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe in the south; thousands of people will get the chance to see the Olympic Flame pass through their community and feel part of a once in a lifetime moment.

Today (7.30am Monday 19 March) LOCOG has unveiled the street level map which the Olympic Torch Relay will follow and the names of many of the inspirational people who will carry the Torch, including some of those who will do so in County Durham. This can be viewed in full via the Olympic Torch Relay visit to County Durham web page.

The map gives important detail regarding not just the street level route but also the times the Relay will pass through. For County Durham the excitement begins when the Flame is carried into Consett on Saturday June 16 just after 4pm. The spectacle then visits Tow Law, Esh and Langley Park on its way to the Durham County Council hosted free evening celebration event in Durham City that evening. On Sunday June 17 the Flame will be carried through communities including Sherburn, Sherburn Hill, Haswell Plough, Peterlee and Blackhall Colliery. Later the same day Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Middridge and Newton Aycliffe welcome the Flame. Amazingly the county then gets a further chance to host the Relay as it comes to Barnard Castle just after 3pm on Wednesday June 20.

Amongst those who will bear the Torch with pride in the county is international cricketing star Paul Collingwood. The Durham County Cricket Club player was nominated by Durham County Council.

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

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