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Welcoming the Olympic Torch

June 15, 2012

Today (Friday) is an historic day for our city. Today is the day when we welcome a true international symbol, the Olympic Torch.

As we’ve seen in other areas of the country, the torch is a great unifier – a fantastic way of bringing people together and celebrating the Olympic spirit.

Tonight we’ll see TV star Bear Grylls launch himself off the Tyne Bridge with the torch before touching down in Gateshead. At the same time, the city will host an Olympic Celebration Event featuring children from some of our schools.

Towards the end of the three hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day, Will Harding, will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event. For one night only, the Olympic flame will burn bright in our city.

And this is just the start of Newcastle’s Olympic journey. St James’ Park will play its part next month when it hosts the world’s best footballers and a big screen near the monument will enable us all to see some of the key sporting events as they happen.

It’s easy to think that the Olympics is something that is happening far away in London, with no connection or benefit to Newcastle. But events like today show the opposite is true – we are keen to play our part and it’s our big chance to show the world what we have to offer.

Great places to see the torch on its journey around Newcastle include Northumberland Street, Old Eldon Square, Civic Centre, Times Square and Grey’s Monument.

If you want to find out more about road closures and see the torch route in detail go to www.newcastle.gov.uk/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/tourism-and-travel/olympic-torch-route<http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/leisure-libraries-and-tourism/tourism-and-travel/olympic-torch-route>

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