Torch route unveiled

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame, the new golden torch which will be carried by the 8,000 runners on the London 2012 torch relay
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame, the new golden torch which will be carried by the 8,000 runners on the London 2012 torch relay

THE Olympic Torch is set to light up Hartlepool – and exact details of the route have been unveiled today.

Residents will be able to get a close view of the famous flame when it is carried around the town on Sunday, June 17.

With three months to go until the torch is brought into Hartlepool, residents can now make thorough plans for the day and will have around two hours to catch a glimpse of the torch.

The Olympic Flame will be brought into Hartlepool at around 11am and in an extra bonus for the town, it will even stop off for a lunchtime break at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

East Durham residents can also plan ahead as the torch starts the day being carried through Haswell, Peterlee, Horden and Blackhall.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond spoke of his delight that the exact route has been revealed in advance and says the occasion will “put Hartlepool in the world spotlight”.

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), said the people of the town can now start to plan how they might celebrate and make the occasion Hartlepool’s “moment to shine.”

After passing through east Durham Villages, it will be brought into Hartlepool via Easington Road.

It will then be carried around the town via a number of main roads including Raby Road, Middleton Road and Marina Way.

After leaving Hartlepool the torch will then be carried to Billingham and through Sedgefield.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “I am really pleased that LOCOG has announced the full route three months in advance which gives the town’s people plenty of time to plan for this big day.

“It will put Hartlepool in the world spotlight and I really do hope that lots of people line the streets to mark what will be a memorable occasion and give the torchbearers a really warm Hartlepool welcome.”

Goodies will be handed out to spectators around the route but details of who will carry the torch are still yet to be announced.

The eyes of the watching world will be on London when the Games kick off on July 27.

And thousands of people will get to play their part in the build-up the biggest sporting spectacle on the globe.

An average of 115 torchbearers every day will carry the torch on its 8,000 mile route around the UK until it arrives at the Olympic stadium.

Lord Coe said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“It symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now that people know the route it will be carried along they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Hartlepool’s moment to shine.”

AFTER an overnight stay in Durham on Saturday, June 16, the torch will be carried through Haswell Plough and on to Peterlee, arriving in Yoden Way at 10.04am.

10.10am: Torch is carried into Dene Community School, in Manor Way, where it remains until 10.27am.

10.34am: Heads from A1086 Cotsford Lane, in Horden, towards Blackhall Colliery.

10.37am: Reaches Blackhall Colliery.

10.45am: Continues through Blackhall Colliery along A1086 Middle Street towards the Total Garage.

10.58am: Enters Hartlepool on A1086 and continues into Easington Road three minutes later.

11.17am: Joins A179 at the West View Road junction.

11.30am: Leaves A179 and turns into Raby Road, near Hartlepool Rugby Club.

11.39am: Left into Middleton Road.

11.46am: Into Marina Way towards Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

11.51am: Stops at the experience for a one-hour lunch break.

12.56pm: Into A689 Stockton Street from A689 Marina Way.

12.57pm: Passes junctions with Victoria Road and Park Road.

1pm: Town procession ends at A689 junction with Burn Road.

The flame will then be taken to Billingham, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington and Stockton before an overnight stay in Middlesbrough.