Hours away from historic occasion

Nottinghamshire is just hours away from welcoming the Olympic torch on a historic occasion on its journey across the UK.

Around 25,000 people have each viewed the Torch Relay maps on the Nottinghamshire County Council website, indicating the interest in the event already.

And County Hall is appealing for people to tweet images and comments from along the route to appear on its Twitter feed: @nottscc

The county council’s website also details lots of information about road closures, the torch route and other important information, and links to partner agencies around the whole event tomorrow and activities in Nottingham tomorrow evening and on Friday.

Cllr John Cottee, Committee Chairman for Culture at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “The waiting is finally over and we are looking forward to giving the Olympic torch a fantastic welcome.

“There has been months of preparation in relation to traffic management, planning the route and organising events for the Torch Relay and we hope it will be a day to remember for everyone and it provides a fantastic opportunity to put this beautiful and picturesque county on the global map once again.”

Dozens of communities have been awarded funding from the county council’s Knots in Notts scheme to celebrate the torch relay, and one community, Cotgrave, has used its funding to organise a week-long festival of sport.