OLYMPIC fever is due to hit North Yorkshire tomorrow, as the torch crosses into the county.

The powerful sporting symbol is due to wend its way along the East Coast, from Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge to the Humber Bridge.

After being carried along the iconic Teesside bridge at 6.30am by the town’s 17-year-old James Coupland, it will head to North Yorkshire, travelling 109 miles through 17 communities in a day.

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It will take in Whitby, make a brief detour inland to Pickering, before continuning on to Scarborough and down to Hull.

It will be making a special trip on one of the most famous steam trains in the world, the Sir Nigel Gresle, which holds the world record for being the fastest steam engine since the Second World War.

After travelling on the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway, it is due to disembark from the steam train in Pickering at 11.34am.

It will then continue down the East coast to Hull.

The torch is to spend three days zig-zagging its way through North Yorkshire.

Tomorrow it travels from Hull to Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon and York.

Once in the historic city, the flame will take a train ride again. It is due to board the Scots Guardsman at the National Railway Museum in York at the end of the day, ready for the final leg of its journey through the county on Wednesday.

The museum is to open its doors early on Wednesday, from 7.15am, so guests can watch the Olympic torch depart for Thirsk and make its final trek through the Hambleton and Richmond, taking in Northallerton, Aiskew, Bedale, Aysgarth, Leyburn and Richmond on Wednesday.

The figurehead for it all, Lord Coe, will see the torch arrive at Richmond to mark the official opening of a £32 million revamp of the school.

* There will be a rolling programme of road closures and delays as the torch makes it’s progress through the region. For further information about where the torch will be when, go to the Olympic website at; london2012.com/torch-relay/route