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.