Hundreds line the streets in Bamburgh

Crowds gather for the Olympic Torch Relay in Bamburgh.
Crowds gather for the Olympic Torch Relay in Bamburgh.
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Hundreds of people, locals and tourists alike, filled the streets of Bamburgh this afternoon as the Olympic Torch Relay made its way through north Northumberland.

The arrival of the iconic flame had been preceded by an afternoon of events on the Castle Green and elsewhere in the village.

And the weather stayed fine as the Torch travelled past the spectacular backdrop of Bamburgh Castle.

It was summed up best by Olympic medallist Brendan Foster, who presented medals to schoolchildren from across the region following a sports contest.

“I can’t think there will be a better celebration than this in any of the towns and villages in Britain,” he said.

“The effort put in is phenomenal and if you look around nowhere’s going to have a backdrop or setting like this.

“Bamburgh’s the real winner today.”

Among the activities taking place was a tug of war between celebrities and locals, and there was also a spectacular flypast from a RAF Boulmer Sea King.