Olympic torch in Durham

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THE Olympic Torch is set to light up Durham next year.

The Olympic Flame arrives in Britain a year from today and will set off from Land’s End in Cornwall on the morning of May 19 for an estimated 8,000-mile tour around the UK, before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the lighting of the cauldron which will signify the start of the London 2012 Games.

The flame will spend four days in the North East, arriving in Alnwick on June 14, then visiting Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough over the next three days.

Organisers say 95 per cent of the population will be within an hour of the route by the time it is finalised later this year.

Now the search is on for up to 8,000 volunteers to carry the torch as it makes its way around the UK.

Organisers’ chairman Sebastian Coe said: “The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across every nation and region of the UK and showcase the very best of who we are and where we live.

“The first locations confirmed today give a flavour of the reach the Olympic Torch Relay will have around the UK and how extensive the opportunity for starting to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games will be.”

To find out more about the route go to www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay