Olympic marker milestones are unveiled

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Olympic milestone markers were unveiled across the area last weekend as the drive to mark a lasting legacy of the games continues.

The engraved milestones will mirror Derbyshire’s Torch Relay Route and will be placed in each of the nine towns and villages that the torch passed through.

These include Matlock, Darley Dale and Bakewell.

There are also to be two additional markers placed at Highfields School in Matlock and in Derby Market Place.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for culture, Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “The Olympics have been a proud moment for the UK and for Derbyshire.

“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, 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 11 markers were unveiled by Derbyshire Olympic Torch bearers to coincide with the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics Games.

The stones have been designed and carved by local stone mason Andy Oldfield.