Two Dales towns pass the torch on

The Olypmic torch will arrive by convoy in Darley Dale at 3.15pm.

Three torch bearers will be carrying the flame along a half mile stretch of the A6 from the junction of Warney Road to the junction of Green Lane.

Youngsters from local schools will be involved in the event and the Whitworth Park will hold entertainment from 1.30pm, including dance, cycling and archery taster sessions.

There will also be cream teas in the Dale Road Methodist Church Hall.

At 1.45pm, Red House Stables will host a horse–drawn parade featuring the Mayor of Darley Dale, Ingrid Pasteur.

At 3.10pm, a dance performance will take place at the junction of Station Road for the benefit of the crowds and the residents of nearby Underhall care home.

Local schools will join in the festivities in Ashbourne, which will start at 4pm.

Entertainment includes a Caribbean band and arts exhibition at the Town Hall, dancing in the Market Place, the Highland Gathering Pipe Band and what is expected to be the largest collection of Royal Shrovetide balls, goalers and turners up in the 1000–year plus history of the ancient game.

Following this there will be a Shrovetide Procession led by Ashbourne Town Band and the chairman of the district council, Tony Millward.

The council will host sports activities outside Waitrose and there will be community singers in Victoria Square. In order to accommodate the entertainment, Dig Street will be closed from 4pm.

At 6pm, the torch will arrive in Ashbourne at the top of Buxton Hill, then travel through the Market Place, turn right onto St John Street, against the usual one–way flow, and left into Dig Street, working through to Compton. The relay will revert to convoy mode at the bottom of Derby Road.

After leaving the Derbyshire Dales the Torch Relay makes its way to Derby for an evening celebration.