Olympic Torch leaves Alnwick

Torchbearer Dick Moules carries the Olympic flame out of Alnwick Market Place on the first leg of its journey south.
Torchbearer Dick Moules carries the Olympic flame out of Alnwick Market Place on the first leg of its journey south.

Young and old gathered in Alnwick to see the Olympic Torch leave the town this morning, despite the weather.

A sea of umbrellas lined the route from the Festival of Alnwick stage through the Market Place as Dick Moules carried the flame as the first torchbearer of the day at 7.28am.

The iconic flame was then taken along Bondgate Within, through the Hotspur Tower onto Bondgate Without and up South Road finishing at Oaky Balks before heading to Hipsburn and on to Warkworth and Amble before its visit to Morpeth and South East Northumberland laster on today.

Singers and musicians entertained crowds on the Festival of Alnwick stage as they gathered in the town square from around 6.30am.

The event, which has been held in celebration of London 2012 and the Torch’s overnight stay in the town, finishes tonight with its own closing ceremony at Alnwick Garden.