NEAS helps Olympic Torch have smooth passage through NE

Prepartions go to plan.

Months of planning at the North East Ambulance Service paid off this week with the smooth passage of the Olympic Torch through the region.

Arriving on Friday in Berwick, the torch attracted large crowds wherever it went - most notably on Friday night, when television adventurer Bear Grylls delivered it to Newcastle's Quayside via a zip-wire from the Tyne Bridge.

Today (Mon) the Torch heads south towards the border with North Yorkshire.

Constant communication between NEAS and partner agencies including the police, fire service and local councils ensured a relatively problem free weekend.

Simon Swallow, (in photo) Head of Resilience and Special Operations, said: "This was a once-in -a-lifetime occasion for the North East, and logistically, required a lot of planning.

"The co-operation between the various organisations and services involved has been terrific. From a NEAS perspective, I would like to thank those who were on duty in our call contact centre over the weekend for helping things go smoothly."

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