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Alternative torch celebrations

The torch isn't going to Hawick

The Olympic torch isn't visiting Hawick in the Scottish Borders as it tours around the UK, but that hasn't stopped them celebrating.

Thousands of locals expected to line the streets as Hawick stages its own Olympic torch procession with it's own Olympic torch.

The town was the only major Borders location not to be included in the official torch relay.

Appeal for flag bearers at Olympic torch parade

People from different ethnic backgrounds or who were born outside the UK are being asked to wave the flag of their country of origin along the Olympic torch parade in Carlisle. A group called Multicultural Carlisle want to show how diverse the city is.

The group say around 30 different countries will be represented along the route when the relay comes to the city on June 20th and 21st. Among them are people from Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt and France.

Anyone interested in taking part is being asked to email with their details by the 10th June.