Get set to party again

A PARTY of epic proportions is in the pipeline for north Northumberland, when the Olympics roadshow rolls into Alnwick next summer.

Details have begun to emerge about the celebrations which will tie in with the arrival of the Olympic torch in town on June 14, 2012, including a Radio 1 stageshow and carnival-style entertainment which will run until midnight.

At Alnwick Town Council’s monthly meeting last Thursday, members were told that the Pastures would be the likely venue, given the volume of visitors the event will attract.

They have been asked to help form a management group with the Olympic organising committee and Northumberland County Council.

Coun Eileen Blakey said: “This has the potential to be a very large event – the recent Radio 1 Big Weekend at Carlisle attracted over 50,000 people.”

But Coun Sara Walton expressed concerns and asked for assurances that any costs would be fully covered and not charged to the town council.

She added: “We need to be assured that everything will be put in place by the organisers.”

Discussions for the event were said to be in the very early stages and more information would be provided as it emerged.

Alnwick is the first place in the North East to host the torch after it travels south from Edinburgh.

As part of the event, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung will also stage a show where a cauldron will be lit from the flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.

During its visit to Alnwick, local people will be nominated to act as torch-bearers, half of whom will be between the ages of 12 and 24.

The 70-day torch relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, on the morning of May 19, and will travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK.

It will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

To nominate an inspirational person to carry the torch visit www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay