Flaming legacy at seaside

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Visitors to a north Northumberland village will have a unique chance to view the UK’s biggest private collection of Olympic torches in a day of celebrations.

The 2012 Olympic Torch arrives in Bamburgh shortly before 6pm today, but members of the public will also be able to see 14 other torches, dating back to the first modern relay at the 1936 Berlin Games, at St Aidan’s Church and the castle.

North East Olympic hero and Great North Run founder, Brendan Foster, a medallist in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, will be joining in Bamburgh’s celebrations. He said: “This really is something special for the region.”

RAF Boulmer’s 202 Squadron will be honouring the arrival of the London 2012 Torch with a spectacular fly-past of the village.

Organiser Angela Darling said: “There will be something for everyone to see and do during the whole day as the excitement mounts in the build-up to the arrival of the Torch.

“As well as the Torches of Inspiration and RAF fly-past, we have a ‘celebrities versus locals’ tug-of-war against a team headed by rugby icon Fran Cotton and including BBC Newcastle presenter Jonathan Miles and former TV Gladiator, Jet.

“The Village Green will be the centre of the action, which also includes a school sports Olympics, with prizes presented by Brendan Foster.”