Find out which streets will get chance to shine as torch passes through county
A STREET-BY-STREET route of the Olympic Torch's journey through Derbyshire is today released by London 2012 organisers.
Preparations for the iconic flame's arrival can finally begin, now that scores of businesses are learning that it will be carried right past their shop window.
The date for your diary is Friday, June 29.
The torch will leave Nottingham at 7am and make its way to Bolsover, Chesterfield, Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton before heading south into Ashbourne and Derby, where huge celebrations will be held in the Market Place and Darley Park.
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Carried by an army of local "torchbearers" – whose names have not all yet been released – the flame will enter the city via the A52 from Ashbourne.
It will pass under the historic Friar Gate Bridge before looping around the streets of the Cathedral Quarter. Then, it will travel across the Market Place and twice under the shadow of Derby Cathedral's 16th-century tower.
With thousands expected to line the route, there will be growing excitement as the flame makes its way from the Market Place, up Duffield Road and towards Darley Park, where an official London 2012 show will be televised live on the BBC.
The 80-acre green space is one of 65 sites outside of London hosting an official celebration to welcome the 2012 flame. Of those, only five have been chosen for additional television coverage – including Darley Park.
Entertainment will start in the Market Place from 4pm, culminating in the arrival of the torch at 6.50pm.
Crowds are expected to gather at Darley Park from 5.30pm. Councillor Hilary Jones, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said the Olympic Flame would "shine a light on our city and all those who witnessed the spectacle of the torch relay".
She said: "The announcement of the Derby streets the Olympic Flame will travel along really brings the route to life and I would encourage everyone in the city to get involved in the fantastic opportunity.
"It's a chance to come together as a community, line the route and celebrate in the Olympic spirit."
Ahead of arriving in Derby, the torch will have had a lunchtime stop at Highfields School in Matlock and travelled on the Heights of Abraham. Highfields School was chosen for the lunchtime stop as a result of its strong involvement with the London 2012 Get Set education programme.
Head teacher Eddie Wilkes said news that the Olympic Torch would be stopping off at the school was "brilliant".
He said: "It's a real recognition of the leadership work that our students have done to get young people involved in sport and the whole Olympic movement.
"We're really proud to be involved."
Student Emma Erskine, 17, said: "The torch visiting our school is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm really excited. We're really going to make the most of it."
The school's sport co-ordinator, Jayne Allen, added she was "amazed and honoured".
Now that the route has been confirmed, Councillor Mike Longden said the county council could press ahead with organising events to celebrate the torch's arrival.
"We'll be keeping residents up to date with all the latest information on our website and linking up with borough and district councils to make sure everyone knows what's going on, where they can see the torch and how they can get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said.
The torch will stay overnight in Derby and set off for Birmingham early the next morning. It will travel via Burton and visit the town's Coors Brewery, Cooper's Square Shopping Centre and Pirelli Stadium.
The torch will be taken down Derby Road, into town via Station Road and Union Street, move up Evershed Way and head out of town up Wellington Road.
The torch will also visit the National Memorial Arboretum to coincide with an Armed Forces event.
To ensure people can watch safely, East Staffordshire Borough Council has said it will be setting up six spectator areas where there will be stewards and entertainment.
Councillor David Leese, deputy leader for partnerships, said: "We've been talking about how exciting it is to be part of the route the torch will take as it makes its way around the country but to see which streets it will go down really brings the route to life and adds to the excitement."
The University of Derby has announced plans to film the torch's journey through Derbyshire so technology students can produce a DVD.
A spokesman for the university said: "We are producing the film so that in 50 years' time people will be able to look back and see how the county celebrated such a momentous occasion."
Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012 organisers Locog, said he was delighted the route had been finalised.
"Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it their community's moment to shine."
An average of 115 torchbearers a day will carry it during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 for the opening ceremony.
The streets along the entire route can now be viewed at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay
More than 100 inspirational "torchbearers" from Derbyshire will get to carry the Olympic flame through the county.
Among them will be 15-year-old Kya MacKay – a pupil at Saint Benedict School in Derby.
She was nominated by Derby City Council for the work she does advocating for children in care, having herself been taken into care at the age of four.
An active member of the Derby City Children in Care Council, Kya has represented the views of local children and young people at both regional and national level. Speaking publicly for the first time since being chosen for the honour, Kya said: "I will be immensely proud, honoured and excited to be carrying the flame through the streets of Derby in front of my family and friends.
"It means so much to me that they've picked me to be one of the 7,600 UK torchbearers out of so many people and I hope that I can make them proud and inspire other young people in care to see that anything is possible.
"I believe that we are all capable of achieving anything that we put our minds to and work hard for."
About 110 people will have the honour of running 300 metres with the torch in Derbyshire.
Each will wear a white and gold uniform designed by Adidas.