Memory of torch will shine forever

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The Olympics will leave a lasting, permanent legacy in Buxton when a milestone marker is unveiled on Sunday, September 9.

The engraved milestone will be one of 11 throughout the county and will mirror Derbyshire’s Torch Relay Route, with one placed in each of the nine towns and villages that the torch passed through.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture Andrew Lewer said: “The Olympics have been a proud moment for the UK and for our county.

“We want to celebrate the incredible achievements of everyone involved and also leave a permanent reminder of the Olympics here in Derbyshire.”

Each marker is made from the different, distinctive local stone of the area it is placed in, and will be engraved with the name of the village or town plus ‘London 2012’, and the distance in miles to the Olympic park in London.

Each stone will also have a line of poetry engraved on it to form an overall Olympic Torch Relay poem, written by Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate Matt Black.

The eleven markers will be unveiled by Derbyshire Olympic Torch bearers on Sunday, September 9, to coincide with the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics Games.

The stones have been designed and carved by local stone mason Andy Oldfield. The milestone in Buxton will be on Terrace Road by The Slopes, and will be unveiled at 4.40pm

Funding for the milestones has come from the Legacy Trust, Arts Council England, Derbyshire County Council and other councils involved.