The county is celebrating today (Monday 7th November) following the announcement that the 2012 Torch Relay will spend a full day visiting locations in Northamptonshire.
On 2nd July 2012, thousands of people are expected to line the county’s streets to share in the excitement of the torch relay and welcome the Olympic flame to their local communities.
The route will see the torch visit county landmarks Althorp House and the Eleanor Cross at Geddington, spend time in Northampton, Wellingborough, Corby and Kettering’s busy town centres as well as visit smaller villagers Isham and Dingley.
These locations are part of over 1,000 villages, towns and cities announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Northamptonshire to devise the route.
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Jim Harker said: “This is exciting news for everyone in the county and I am absolutely delighted that the Olympic Torch is spending a whole day in the county next year.
“It’s a real honour to be able to witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay as it visits locations across Northamptonshire. The route that has been announced today includes a wide range of locations that truly demonstrate the county’s rich culture and heritage.
“LOCOG have planned the route so that as many people as possible are within 10 miles of the torch at some point so wherever you live or work, I look forward to seeing everyone come together to celebrate the Olympic spirit and mark the countdown to the games, not to mention to cheer on our local people who have been chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.”
Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: "It's fantastic news that the torch relay will be visiting Althorp House next year.
"It will give people living in the Daventry District the chance to witness first hand the build-up to the Olympic Games and Althorp will provide a truly stunning and historical back-drop to what is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Leader of Kettering Borough Council, Russell Roberts said: “We are delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay has been chosen to pass through Kettering and are excited in becoming involved in the Olympic movement.”
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Pat Fawcett, said: “We are very proud to be included in the Olympic Torch relay route, this is such an exciting moment for Corby and for Northamptonshire as a whole. This will give the whole community the opportunity to come together and be part of a moment that will be part of our county's history forever.”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that these locations will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Northamptonshire to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people in Northamptonshire to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”