Country house stop for torch

Staff at a country estate will be fanning the flames of patriotism when the Olympic torch passes through its grounds.

The Olympic Torch will make a brief stop at Chatsworth House on its journey through the Derbyshire Dales.

Coming along the A6 from Matlock and Darley Dales, the flame will be carried into the grand house’s garden onto the south lawn for a photo opportunity against the backdrop of the south facade of the house.

The grand country house’s exterior has only just been revealed again following massive restoration work, and the historic building now boasts re–gilded paintwork and sparklingly clean stonework.

Visitors are invited to see the torch at Chatsworth House and will be able to view it from the parkland as it is carried in front of the Bastion Wall in front of the West Front of the house.

Peregrine Cavendish, The 12th Duke of Devonshire, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Olympic Flame to Chatsworth.

“The relay is a fantastic way for us to share in the excitement of the Olympics and is a great opportunity to showcase some of the most beautiful landmarks across the country.”