Warm welcome as Olympic Flame to head through borough

Nadine Hollingsworth has been chosen as one of the Olympic Flame torch bearers. Along with her husband Ivan they have raised nearly �175,000 for the hospital unit that saved their son Seb's life.
Nadine Hollingsworth has been chosen as one of the Olympic Flame torch bearers. Along with her husband Ivan they have raised nearly �175,000 for the hospital unit that saved their son Seb's life.
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THE route of the Olympic Flame has been revealed, with residents being given a chance to give it a warm welcome as it passes through North Tyneside.

Members of the communities can take to the streets as torch bearers carry the Olympic Flame through Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Tynemouth, North Shields, Howdon and Wallsend.

And activities are being lined up at key locations by North Tyneside Council as part of the celebration event.

The flame will enter North Tyneside at 2.06pm on Friday, June 15, and begin a journey along The Links, starting near Whitley Bay Mini Golf.

It will then take in the coastal route past the Dome, Cullercoats then along The Broadway into Tynemouth before heading down the A193 through North Shields, Howdon and Wallsend, turning right up Station Road to the A1058 Coast Road where it will head into Newcastle City Council at 4.42pm.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “We hope our residents come out in force to welcome the Olympic Flame.

“The eyes of the world will be on the Torch Relay so this is a fantastic opportunity to show what a fantastic place North Tyneside is.

“And, of course, it’s going to be a fantastic occasion for the inspirational Torchbearers who will be carrying the Flame through our communities.”

An estimated 110 Torchbearers – either inspirational members of the community or leading figures – will carry the Flame per day, with the names being released today (Monday).

And among those in North Tyneside is Nadine Hollingsworth, 35, from Monkseaton, whose son Sebastian was born with a serious heart defect in 2009.

Along with her husband Ivan, they have raised nearly £175,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit a the Freeman Hospital through their charity Seb4CHUF.

Nadine said: “I can’t believe I’ve been chosen.

“It’s a bit overwhelming and I can’t really comprehend what it means at the moment.

“I’m excited and petrified – I’m one of the clumsiest people I know.

“I have this fear I’m going to fall over and extinguish the Flame, there’s all manner of things I could possibly do.”

Nadine added: “Everything we do is driven by the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.

“They saved our son’s life and are going to continue to look after him for the rest of his life.

“We don’t think about what we do, it’s simply to say thank you to the unit and make sure they can carry on their work.”

The North Tyneside route can be viewed at www.northtyneside.gov.uk while the full route devised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay

Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG, added: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it North Tyneside’s moment to shine.”