Be prepared to enjoy the show of a lifetime

Members of the local Rotary Club have been busy in recent weeks tidying up Rotary Way between Warkworth and Amble in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic Torch.  Rotarians got out their spades and barrows and set to work on a new Planter which will be planted by the Ladies from Warkworth in Bloom.  In addition they carried out a major litter-pick and general tidy-up along the length of the footpath.  Northumberland County Council has re-surfaced the road and lay-bys and has repaired the fence along the riverside of the footpath.  The whole project has been a co-ordinated effort involving the NCC, Warkworth Parish Council, Warkworth in Bloom and the Rotary Club.  Pictured at work on the Planter are Rotarians Tim Mason from Amble and Dr Paul Creighton and Alan Richmond from Warkworth. The other photo shows the litter-pick gang.  (L to R) Rotarians David Bell, Dave Shoemaker, Dr Paul Crieghton, Alan Richmond, Jim Barrett and Mike Frisch.
Members of the local Rotary Club have been busy in recent weeks tidying up Rotary Way between Warkworth and Amble in preparation for the arrival of the Olympic Torch. Rotarians got out their spades and barrows and set to work on a new Planter which will be planted by the Ladies from Warkworth in Bloom. In addition they carried out a major litter-pick and general tidy-up along the length of the footpath. Northumberland County Council has re-surfaced the road and lay-bys and has repaired the fence along the riverside of the footpath. The whole project has been a co-ordinated effort involving the NCC, Warkworth Parish Council, Warkworth in Bloom and the Rotary Club. Pictured at work on the Planter are Rotarians Tim Mason from Amble and Dr Paul Creighton and Alan Richmond from Warkworth. The other photo shows the litter-pick gang. (L to R) Rotarians David Bell, Dave Shoemaker, Dr Paul Crieghton, Alan Richmond, Jim Barrett and Mike Frisch.
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The Olympics explodes onto the north Northumberland stage today, as the iconic flame begins to wind its way south through the county.

Arriving in Berwick at 4.30pm the 2012 Torch Relay will next pass to Bamburgh, where celebrations will have been going on all day in anticipation of the landmark event.

It should arrive at just before 6pm, but motorists are warned that all roads will be closed through the village – so get there early this afternoon if you want to get a good spot.

Alnwick is next on the list, with thousands of people expected to descend on the town to catch a glimpse of the Torch as it is carried from Denwick Lane, along Bondgate, up Market Street, onto Fenkle Street and down Narrowgate past the castle to the Pastures.

The first torchbearer will pick up the flame at 6.58pm and the relay will last until 7.20pm, when it is carried by a mystery celebrity onto the stage at the official Olympic Roadshow.

The concert will feature performances by Little Comets, dance group Twist & Pulse, plus the winners of Talent Northumberland, Latin-American band Burundanga.

Entry to the event is strictly ticket-only. More than 12,000 people are expected to attend, making it one of the biggest gatherings seen in the town in living memory.

Following the Torch’s overnight stay, it will depart Alnwick tomorrow morning, heading south to Newcastle.