Youth celebrate the Torch visit

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ABOUT 40 young people from across the county have taken part in a range of sporting events to celebrate the presence of the Olympic Torch in Northumberland.

The main activity was ‘My Life My Sport,’ which involved a cycle relay at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Those who took part operated in small groups passing a Northumberland flag between them for a distance of 26 miles around the Lakeside Way, the trail that encircles Kielder Water.

Ashley Brown, senior area youth worker for Northumberland County Council’s youth service, said: “It was a joy to see young people from across Northumberland come together to celebrate the Olympic Torch passing through the county.

“Despite heavy rain they remained positive and were determined to get the Northumberland flag around northern Europe’s biggest man-made lake, Kielder Water. They should be very proud of their achievements and I am delighted so many young people were involved.”

Other activities included kayaking, high rope walking, and king swing. They were led by the Calvert Trust Kielder and Beck’s Training.

My Life My Sport is a London 2012 Inspire project which looks to provide young people with sporting opportunities. Northumberland County Council aims to bring different services together to demonstrate the positive impact that young people can have on the county when given opportunities.