Editor’s Comment: Time is ticking...

THERE is no doubt that excitement is mounting in the run-up to the visit of the Olympic Torch Relay in June, particularly given the joint annoucement on Monday of the street-level route and who locally will be carrying the flame.

Many of the names on the list of Torchbearers will be familiar to readers of this newspaper, as they are often at the forefront of sporting achievement and community-spirited activity.

But there are others who are perhaps less well-known, who have their own stories of personal courage in the face of adversity.

Each one is literally a beacon representing their home community, one of a select group who have been given a unique opportunity to put this county – and each of the towns and villages the Torch passes through on the way – on the global map.

It is no exaggeration to say that the eyes of the world will be on Northumberland between June 14 and 16, so we must give the world a show it will never forget. In a county whose primary industry is now tourism, the spin-off benefits could be potentially enormous from what is, essentially, free global publicity delivered by the international media.

Photo and filming opportunities at key locations, such as Bamburgh Castle, are literally priceless, as the images are beamed to an audience of millions, not only in Britain and Europe, but around the world.

The Olympics are coming to Northumberland in just over three months’ time – be ready for it!