Olympic route decided

Muriel Hearnshaw (An Olympian at the 1948 Games), Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Lois Brown (A member of the England Judo team and one of the council's talent athletes leisure centre scheme ambassadors.)
Muriel Hearnshaw (An Olympian at the 1948 Games), Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and Lois Brown (A member of the England Judo team and one of the council's talent athletes leisure centre scheme ambassadors.)

THE route of the Olympic Torch relay through Bridlington has been revealed.

The spirit of the Olympic Games will burn bright in the town this June as it passes through the East Riding, and is expected to bring thousands of people out onto the streets in celebration.

The world-famous flame will enter the town from the north on Monday, June 18, and be handed over to a torchbearer who will carry the torch down Scarborough Road at around 3pm. It will pass the historic Priory and Baylegate

before continuing down St John’s Street and Quay Road, before turning right at the roundabout on Quay Road and heading down Station Road.

At the end of Station Road, the torch, flanked by a convoy of up to 20 vehicles containing olympic officials and sponsors, will be carried on to Hilderthorpe Road, before a left turn on to Kingsgate.

It will leave Bridlington on the A165 at around 3.22pm.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The announcement of which streets the flame will travel down as it heads through the East Riding and the names of those inspirational people selected to be Torchbearers really brings the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The council encourages residents and members of surrounding communities to line the streets of Bridlington to celebrate this once in a life time event and to cheer on the torchbearers with the Flame on its journey to London.”

When it was announced in November that the torch would visit Bridlington, Mayor Coun Cyril Marsburg said that the Bridlington “will never see such an historic event in this generation’s lifetime” and that the event would be “a spectacular and wonderful occasion.”

The route taken by the torch was decided by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), with input from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

It is believed that the large number of vehicles in the Olympic convoy, as well as a desire to have as small a disruption to traffic as possible, stopped the route passing by other Bridlington landmarks such as the Town Hall or the Spa.

The torch will begin its journey on June 18 in Hinderwell near Whitby, before heading to Pickering via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Whitby Station before arriving in Scarborough.

From there it will pass down through Filey and on to Bridlington, before leaving for Beverley.

It will arrive in Beverley at 4.16pm and leave at 4.47pm, and carry on out of the East Riding on Tuesday June 19 through Brough and Goole.

l Three different Torchbearers will blaze a trail through Bridlington with the Torch on the day – although none will be from the town.

The Torch will be carried by Sophie McMullen, 18 from North Ferriby, Neil Sergeant, 59, from Hornsea and 36-year-old Gareth Thomas from Wetherby.

Yorkshire Gold, the local body who organise and administer the Olympic games celebrations in the area said the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) tried to pick torchbearers “from within an hour of their home town.”

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Gold said: “The torchbearers were nominated to LOCOG and, along with Olympic partners Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung took a decision.

“They were chosen because of their story.” When asked if anyone from Bridlington had been nominated to carry the torch, the spokesperson confirmed that “it was a possibility” but that LOCOG had received “many more” nominations than they had available torchbearer slots.

Despite LOCOG’s ambition to have people carry their torch within an hour of their home town, Wetherby, home of Mr Thomas, is 59 miles away and according to internet route planners takes one hour and eighteen minutes to drive to from Bridlington.

The town, which is north of Leeds, is closer to Manchester than it is Bridlington.