As the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games continues, the Olympic torch relay passed through Darlington on Sunday 17th June.
The torch relay was into its thirtieth day as it also passed through the likes of Durham, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, before finishing off in Middlesbrough.
Adele Waterfall-Brown, Andy Woodward, Ben Scott, Charlie Donaghy, Chris McEwan, Holly Barry, Paul Donaghy, Rebecca Webster, Richie Howe and Thomas Denham were the torch bearers for Darlington.
There was a real mix of young and old, as well a range of different backgrounds and they all did the town proud.As the torch left Newton Aycliffe, police bikes and cars warmed up the crowds in Darlington as a sense of excitement filled the air. The anticipation continued to build as a series of Coca-Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB parades went through the town.
One of the biggest disappointments about the torch’s arrival in the town was the route. The route went down the rather bland-looking North Road (which mostly consists of roadworks and takeaways), before turning on to St. Cuthbert’s Way and finishing at Darlington College.
Disappointingly, the route avoided the beautiful sights of the town centre, South Park and streets such as Woodlands Road and Coniscliffe Road. It didn’t particularly favour the town which has come a long way over the past few decades, as an article in The Guardian also picked up on.
Nevertheless, there was a great turnout for the event (of approximately 10,000 people) and the torch relay was enjoyed by everyone who went. This was a big day for Darlington and it certainly was a success. It’s just a shame people didn’t see the true side of the town.