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Olympic Milestones

We have installed 11 milestones at key points along the Torch Relay Route, as a permanent reminder and celebration of the Olympics in Derbyshire.

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The milestones are sited in each of the towns and villages that the Torch was carried through: Glapwell; Bolsover; Calow; Chesterfield; Highfields School, Matlock; Matlock town centre; Darley Dale; Bakewell; Buxton; Ashbourne and Derby.

The stone has been sourced from local quarries, and is specifically chosen to match the local stone in each place. The face of each milestone is engraved with the name of the town or village, London 2012, and the distance in miles to the Olympic Park. Andy Oldfield from The Fringe Workshop, who is a local stone carver, has been commissioned to design and carve the milestones.

Each milestone also has a few lines of poetry inscribed along the edges, making it part of a long poetry trail throughout the county. Matt Black, who is the Derbyshire Poet Laureate, wrote the poems. You can read the Olympic milestone poem here. Matt also wrote a poem for the Torchbearers, which you can read here.

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The milestones were unveiled by Derbyshire Olympic Torchbearers in a "relay" on Sunday, 9 September 2012, to coincide with the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the final London 2012 event. Photographs of each milestone, the unveiling ceremonies and the milestones being made can be found here.

This project has been generously supported by the town, parish, district, borough and city councils, Derbyshire County Council, Arts Council England and the Legacy Trust.



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