Showcasing the county

The Olympic Torch Relay has been described as a great opportunity to show what Northumberland has to offer.

The county council worked alongside the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) for the event.

Nigel Walsh, the county’s cultural development manager, said: “Tens of thousands of people turned out from far and wide to welcome the Olympic Torch to the county and enjoy the carnival atmosphere as it passed through.

“Despite the large crowds and significant road closures, the Torch passed smoothly through Northumberland without incident and on time.

“There was an awful lot of planning behind the scenes before and during the event. Northumbria Police, Culture Creative, LOCOG, Northumberland County Council, parish and town councils, local communities and newspapers all worked very hard to make sure this was a safe and successful event. This preparation paid off and I’d like to say a personal thank-you to all those involved.

“The Torch Relay provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the county’s stunning countryside, iconic attractions and our towns and villages.

“Despite the unseasonal weather, the spirits of local people remained high and I hope that people will treasure the memories of the event for many years to come.”