Villagers plan to welcome Olympic Torch

The team organising the Bamburgh celebrations - Angela Darling, Jude Aldred, David Miller, Chris Calvert and Kate Morton.
The team organising the Bamburgh celebrations - Angela Darling, Jude Aldred, David Miller, Chris Calvert and Kate Morton.

A NORTH Northumberland village will celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the village this summer with a fun-packed day of entertainment.

Villagers in Bamburgh are planning a day of events and activities to mark the occasion when the Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Bamburgh on Thursday, June 14.

Children’s sports, archery, croquet, dog agility displays and a scarecrow competition are just some of the activities taking place on the day.

Street entertainers, steel and jazz bands and a children’s orchestra will add to the occasion while the bells of St Aidan’s Church will ring out as the Olympic Flame enters the village.

Former Olympic athlete Brendan Foster will present medals to children from local primary schools and show the 10,000metres medal he claimed in the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

And Bamburgh residents will take on a team of personalities in a tug-of-war on the Village Green.

Celebrations will continue into the evening with the recreation of the Bamburgh Feast and a ceilidh.

Event organiser Angela Darling said: “This is a historic event and the day our village gets to shine in the Olympic Torch light.

“We want to capture the spirit of this very special day with a whole series of events and activities so that everyone can get involved and will always remember the day the Olympic Torch shone in Bamburgh.”

The Bamburgh Olympic Torch celebrations will begin at 11am. Further details and timings will be announced shortly.

Find out more about the event by following @BamburghOlympicTorch on Twitter or visit www.bamburgh.org.uk and www.bamburghcastle.com