Scotland hails Torch Relay as Flame moves on through northern England
The Olympic Flame has moved on to northern England following its hugely successful seven-day journey around Scotland, which saw over 400,000 people line the streets to watch the inspirational Torchbearers.
Seb Coe, Chair of London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “I want to thank the people of Scotland for giving the Torch Relay such an excellent and warm welcome. The Relay gave local communities throughout Scotland the chance to come out and celebrate the achievements of inspirational Torchbearers and share in the excitement of the build up to the Games.”
Scottish Sport Minister Shona Robison added: “The crowds that have come out to see the Torch in communities around Scotland, and cheer on our Torchbearers, have been truly spectacular.”
The Flame left Scotland on Day 27 of the Torch Relay as it travelled over 140 miles on its journey from Edinburgh to Alnwick, in northern England, where an Evening Celebration was held at the medieval castle, which featured in the Harry Potter film series.
On its way, the Flame was carried by 130 inspirational Torchbearers including 37-year-old Sean Walls, who was nominated for setting up Sight Aid International – a charity that offers free eye tests and glasses to people in Kenya.
The following day, the Torch travelled over 64 miles on its journey from Alnwick to Newcastle, passing landmarks such as Warkworth Castle, Old Eldon Square and St James Park.
Torchbearers included Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith, World Cup winner Jack Charlton and TV adventurer Bear Grylls, who carried the Flame down a zip wire from the top of the Tyne Bridge archway.
After an Evening Celebration in Newcastle, the Torch Relay continued on to Durham the following day, passing landmarks such as the Angel of the North and Hadrian’s Wall, with Torchbearers including Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie and former 3,000m world record holder Brendan Foster.
The following day, the Torch travelled a further 83.7 miles on its way to Middlesbrough.