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Olympic torch tour shines light on Alnwick festival plans

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Jonathan Edwards showcases a prototype of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. LOCOG

The Best Market Town in Britain could hold a festival in 2012 to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

The town of Alnwick in Northumberland may hold a series of events for a full week as part of the national relay prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The town has established a committee to generate support for the event, which is backed by Northumberland County Council’s 2012 Team and Northumberland Sport.

Both are working closely with the London Organising Committee.

Alnwick is also looking to employ someone on a part-time basis to co-ordinate the festival.

The committee is being chaired by Paul Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette, and includes people from the business community, tourism, and other groups.

The torch will arrive in Alnwick on June 14 and stay overnight before leaving the next day for Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The torch is making a journey around the British Isles.

The people of Alnwick intend to make the best of this stay and showcase the town and area to the people of the UK and beyond.

Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “This is not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Alnwick and its surrounding district, but a once-in-its-history event, as the Olympics will likely never return to the town in this way.

“We have to make the best of this golden opportunity. I would hate to wake up the day after the torch leaves and think that we could have done more.

“That’s why we want as many different groups and individuals as possible to get involved and join the celebrations, making their own mark on Alnwick’s time in the global spotlight.”

Ideas for the week-long festival include the International Music Festival, Food Festival and Respect, which involves youth groups, sporting activities and traditional combat arts.

Get involved by contacting Paul at paul.larkin@northeast-press.co.uk or call him on 01665 602234.

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