How fitting that the beautiful Derbyshire Dales should be honoured with a visit by those carrying the Olympic Torch to the London 2012 games.
Matlock, Darley Dale and Bakewell are on the route for certain and it is likely that Wirksworth could see something of the spectacle as it heads towards Ashbourne.
The aim of the torch tour is to motivate us all into taking part in more sport and get us all involved with the Olympic legacy.
Here in the Dales we have never been shy of taking part in sport and the Mercury’s sports pages are testimony to that as they are the busiest in the region.
This week we have nine pages packed full of the sporting achievements of local people.
I hope that come next June we will be prepared to give the torch a rousing welcome when it arrives in our district and show the watching world just what we have to offer here.
Amanda Hatfield, editor