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London 2012: Olympic torch relay destinations for Teesside revealed

The destinations the Olympic torch will visit in Teesside have been announced.

During its time in the North East it will be carried down the coast to Teesside, before carrying on to North Yorkshire.

Thousands of torchbearers are being recruited for the flame's 70-day journey across the UK before the opening ceremony in London.

There will be an overnight stop in Middlesbrough with celebrations during the evening.

'Very proud'

On 17 June the torch will travel through: Sherburn, Sherburn Hill, Haswell Plough, Peterlee, Horden, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool, Billingham, Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Middridge, Newton Aycliffe, High Beaumont Hill, Harrogate Hill, Darlington, Stockton and will then spend the evening in Middlesbrough.

Councillor Ken Dixon, from Stockton Council, said: "I am very proud that torchbearers will bring the Olympic flame to Stockton borough on 17 June next year.

"It is particularly fitting as it was here in Stockton that the friction match was invented, so I hope all our communities will turn out to welcome the flame."

On 18 June the torch will leave Middlesbrough and head across to Redcar then Marske, Saltburn, Brotton, Carlin How, Loftus, Hinderwell, Lythe, Sandsend and Whitby.

The flame will then return to the area on 20 June when it visits Richmond and Barnard Castle.

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18 May 2012.

The relay will begin at Land's End, Cornwall, on Saturday, 19 May and end on Friday, 27 July in the Olympic Stadium.

It is estimated it will be carried 8,000 miles before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July.

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