Rock band Little Comets to play on the Torch stage

LITTLE COMETS ... the band have been picked to play the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay finale in Hyde Park.
LITTLE COMETS ... the band have been picked to play the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay finale in Hyde Park.
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INDIE-rock band Little Comets have been announced as one of the acts to perform at the Olympic Torch Relay celebration event in Northumberland.

The up-and-coming trio, from Newcastle, will be on stage at the Alnwick Pastures event on Thursday, June 14, as the Torch makes its overnight stay in the town as part of the relay across the country.

The group is Coca-Cola’s act for the night of entertainment staged by LOCOG (London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), which will also see other presenting partners Lloyds TSB bringing a stunning acrobatics performance and Samsung staging dance performances.

There will also be two, 10-minute slots of local entertainment during the evening celebration. The second, 10-minute slot will bring the evening event to a close.

Tickets for the free, high-profile, event will be available online at www.northumberland.gov.uk from today.

Those who do not have internet access can book tickets by visiting their local library, tourist information centre or council contact centre. Prior to and during the show, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities courtesy of Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

These include having your photograph taken with the London 2012 Torch and other Olympic-related activities.

Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day in Alnwick will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event, which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

Over recent months, Northumberland County Council and event producer Culture Creative have been working behind the scenes with LOCOG, Alnwick Castle, community partners and key sponsors to co-ordinate the event.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member responsible for leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “The evening promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment for all the family.

“The Olympic flame will not be coming this way again in our lifetime so this really is a very special opportunity for us all. I hope that residents from across the county will turn out to witness the excitement of the arrival of the Torch and enjoy this very memorable evening of free entertainment.”

Seb Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “The evening celebrations give the whole family a chance to share the excitement of the Olympic Games as we countdown to the Opening Ceremony. The event in Northumberland is set for an exciting line-up, including performances from talented local people who will give each celebration a distinct feel.”

The show starts at 5.30pm, with gates opening at 4pm. The event is standing only, however those attending can bring their own rugs or chairs to sit on. There will be full access on the site for blue badge holders and wheelchair users.