AN alternative Olympic torch relay which had been planned for Bridlington to give unsuccessful torchbearer nominees from the town a chance to experience the event has been cancelled.
The organisers of the alternative event, which had been due to take place on June 15, told the Bridlington Free Press that they had called the event off after they became aware of comments from some members of the public who felt it was a protest event.
One of the organisers Judi Pickering, whose disabled daughter Yasmin had been due to carry one of the home-made torches during the alternative event, said: “It’s been made to seem like we don’t want the official torch relay but that was never the intention.
“The alternative relay was only ever meant to be a charity community event. I’m just pleased that the real thing is coming, it’s going to put Bridlington on the map.”
The official Olympic Torch Relay will come through the town on Monday June 18.
The decision to pull the plug on the alternative event, which was to include a collection for local charities, was made by Judi and fellow organiser Thelma Milns yesterday, after the Free Press went to press detailing plans for the alternative relay.
Alternative torch bearers had spoken of their excitement at taking part in the event, which was due to come right through the centre of town, after failing to be selected for the official relay.
For the full story see next Thursday’s Bridlington Free Press.