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London 2012: Olympic torch to visit Derbyshire Peak District

The Heights of Abraham
Image caption The cable cars have been running since 1984

The Olympic torch is to visit a number of famous landmarks in Derbyshire during its relay journey across the UK.

The relay will enter Derbyshire on 29 June and visit Glapwell first.

It will then visit Bolsover, Calow and Chesterfield and be carried by a torchbearer on the sky-ride at the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath.

From Matlock the procession will visit Chatsworth House , famous for its part as Pemberley, the residence of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

London 2012 organisers Locog have revealed the flame will then continue to Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne before arriving in Derby, where the city council is holding a special event in Darley Park.

David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, said it was a great opportunity for the region.

He said: "We're delighted that the Olympic torch relay route will be passing through so much of our varied and beautiful area en route to the capital."

One of the bearers in Derbyshire will be 21-year-old Oliver Hooper, who was nominated by London 2012 organisers Locog for volunteering more than 2,500 hours to a range of sports.

Mr Hooper, from Chesterfield, will carry the torch through Calow.

He has a long list of sporting achievements to his name and said his life had been transformed through sport and he was dedicated to doing the same for others.

The torch will leave Derby at 06:40 GMT on Saturday, 30 June and make its way past the Royal Derby Hospital to Burton upon Trent.

The 70-day relay begins at Land's End, Cornwall, on 19 May and concludes during the Olympic opening ceremony in London on 27 July.

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