Olympic Torch Relay gets ecstatic welcome in Tynedale
Last updated at 15:52, Sunday, 17 June 2012
THOUSANDS of cheering people lined the streets when the Olympic Torch Relay came through Tynedale on Saturday.
They defied heavy rain to give a rousing welcome to the torchbearers in Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Hexham and Riding Mill.
The scenes in Prudhoe were described as extraordinary, as the town's Wendy Neal carried the Torch along Front Street.
And streams of people were along the entire Relay route through Stocksfield.
Likewise, there were huge crowds of people in Hexham as teenager Josie Hart was the first torchbearer through the town.
In Riding Mill, the Torch was given a rousing send-off on the last leg of the Relay in Northumberland.
The Torch stayed overnight in Durham, before setting off on Sunday morning on route to its next stopover in Middlesbrough.
First published at 13:04, Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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Prudhoe workers were queuing up at the town's employment exchange to put their names down for jobs at a new £15million wood pulp factory.
Plans for the factory, which would occupy the former ICI site, had been passed by Northumberland County Council, and it was hoped that when it opened it would turn Prudhoe into a boom town.
Many of those registering for jobs had been unemployed since the ICI plant closed down the previous July.