Published on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 3:21 pm
The 2012 Olympic Torch is set to visit Bishop Auckland next year, en-route to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on 27th July.
Thousands of torchbearers will carry the flame on its 70-day journey across the UK.
Bishop Auckland and Shildon will be just two of 18 destinations the torch will visit on Sunday 17th June before spending the night in Middlesbrough, where celebrations will be held during the evening. It will then be carried on down the coast to Teesside and on to North Yorkshire.
MP for Bishop Auckland, Helen Goodman, was delighted with the news She said, “It will be great for local people, especially children, to see the Olympic flame being carried through the streets of Bishop Auckland and Shildon and I’m sure it will be a thrilling experience for those people chosen to carry the torch.
“The Olympic ideals are cherished across the world and it’s great news that local people will be able to play a part in the build up to London 2012.”
The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18th May 2012. The relay will begin at Land’s End in Cornwall on Saturday 19th May, making an 8,000 mile journey around the UK before arriving at the Olympic Stadium in London on 27th July for the official start of the games.
This article originally appeared in Issue No. 68. Read or download The Bishop Press Issue No. 68 (PDF).
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