Local Olympic Torchbearers are named

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Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Olympic Flame through Northumberland have been named this morning.

The London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) has released a list of its chosen relay runners, who will each take a 300-metre section of the route through the county, cheered on by the crowds.

And some have also been appointed to carry the torch in Tyne and Wear.

Locog says it has endeavoured to slot all community torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each one will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by Adidas.

Northumberland County Council’s executive member responsible for tourism, leisure and culture, Coun Neil Bradbury, said: “This announcement really brings the route to life and I am delighted that the Torch will be coming into contact with so many of our communities.

“The Torch Relay will be an exciting and memorable spectacle for all our residents – whatever their age – and I am sure our residents will give the torch , and the torchbearers, an especially warm Northumbrian welcome.”

Sebastian Coe, chairman of Locog added: “The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Northumberland’s moment to shine.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LOCOG’S 2012 TORCHBEARERS

The list denotes the local people who are running in the various Torch Relay stages across the North East and Borders.

ALNWICK

Emma Pringle, 20, from Alnwick (June 14)

Lewis Denny, 16, from Alnwick (June 14)

Arthur Basstoe, 81, from Berwick (June 15)

Philip Spencer, 58, from Alnwick (June 15)

ASHINGTON

Davin Tinlin, 50, from Morpeth

BERWICK

Jean Boyle, 74, from Morpeth

Josephine Goodfellow, 50, from Morpeth

Margaret Shaw, 68, from Berwick

CHIRNSIDE

Kirsty Hensleigh, 14, from Alnwick

CHOPPINGTON

Stevie Matthews, 60, from Morpeth

DUNS

Alan Craft, 65, from Alnwick

FOULDEN

Kate Charlton, 18, from Longframlington

MORPETH

David Lowe, 46, from Morpeth

Stephen Parsons, 25, from Morpeth

NEWBIGGIN

Becky Matthewson, 23, from Morpeth

Chris Hedley, 22, from Seahouses

NEWCASTLE

Aileen Reilly, 53, from Berwick

Tony Kelly, 36, from Berwick

NORTH SHIELDS

James Boyd, 24, from Morpeth

SELKIRK

Babs Young, 48, from Berwick

TYNEMOUTH

Jess Morrison, 15, from Alnwick

WALLSEND

Charlotte Young, 18, from Morpeth

WHITLEY BAY

Hilary Brooker-Carey, 54, from Amble

Do you know a Torchbearer from north Northumberland who is running elsewhere in the UK? Contact the Northumberland Gazette on 01665 602234 or northumberland.gazette@northeast-press.co.uk