Belper to be bypassed by the Olympic Torch

THE Olympic Torch will miss out Belper on its way to London next year – but a number of people from the area are hoping they will be among those selected to carry it on its journey.

Several people from Belper and surrounding villages have been nominated to carry the torch.

But Belper people will have to go to Matlock, Ashbourne or Derby to see the torch’s journey through Derbyshire.

Its route has been revealed by Olympic organisers, who said about 95 per cent of the population will be within ten miles of it at some point.

The route bypasses most of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, and will miss passing through Milford, Duffield, Allestree or the villages surrounding Belper.

The closest it will be to the town is in Derby.

The torch will be in Derbyshire on Friday, June 29, after starting its journey in the area over in Nottingham.

After that it will head through Glapwell, Bolsover, Calow, Chesterfield, Matlock, Darley Dale, Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne. It will then head to Derby for a two-day stopover.

They are set to find out early next month if they will be afforded the honour of carrying the torch.

To find out the route of the torch, take a look at the map at www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay.