DURHAM and England cricket star and Black Cats fan Paul Collingwood has been picked as a torchbearer.
The Durham County Cricket Club player, who was nominated by Durham County Council, said: “The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event to take place in this country in my lifetime and to be associated with it in this way is an honour and a privilege, not only for me but for my family too.
“Sadly, since cricket is not an Olympic sport, I won’t ever get the chance to represent Great Britain at The Games, but this is the next best thing.
“So many great sporting figures have carried the Torch and to think that I have been asked to play a small part in that process is truly humbling.”
Coun Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “This is the moment that makes the Olympics come to life for residents all over County Durham.
“Everyone can now see the street level map, start to plan the best place to view this historic event and decide how they wish to celebrate.
“Over the coming weeks we will ensure we get messages out to residents about the best places to go to watch the Torch Relay in our county and also, of course, about our own exciting Olympic celebration event which I hope many thousands of people will come and enjoy.”