Bid to bring Olympic torch to Bridlington

Cyril Marsburg
Cyril Marsburg

WITH Olympic fever beginning to sweep the nation, hopes are high the famous torch will pass its way along our coastline in the run up to next year’s event.

Currently, the torch will stop off at Middlesbrough on June 17 next year – with the next stop off at Hull on the 18th and in York on the 19th.

Other stop-offs in Yorkshire are Leeds on June 24, Sheffield the day after and Cleethorpes on June 26.

But today, the Free Press is calling on Welcome To Yorkshire and East Riding’s councillors to try to get the organisers to come down the coast to Bridlington and district.

Fellow titles in the Yorkshire Regional Newspapers stable are also campaigning to see the torch pass through other town’s such as Pickering, Scarborough, Filey, and Beverley.

Gary Verity chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire and chairman of Yorkshire Gold said: “We are hopeful of trying to get the torch as close to as many people as possible in Yorkshire.

“Nationally the aim is to have the torch within an hour of where people live, in Yorkshire our aim is to get people within 30 minutes if possible and we will be working hard to make this happen.”

Yorkshire Gold, which is part of Welcome To Yorkshire, is working to ensure Yorkshire and Humber gains maximum benefit from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Organisers are keen to hear from young people in the area too, to get them involved.

Half of the total number of torchbearer places are expected to go to people aged between 12 and 24 years of age who are considered leading lights in their local communities.

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Coun Cyril Marsburg, Bridlington’s deputy mayor, said bringing the torch to Bridlington would be a great idea.

He said: “Anything which helps publicise Bridlington, and would also be an attraction for visitors is a good thing.

“I hope the organisers can give some thought to passing through the town on the way to Hull.”

Bridlington’s MP Greg Knight is also backing the bid.

He said: “Bridlington is the jewel of Britain’s east coast and is the country’s largest shellfish port so it is certainly appropriate.

“If the Olympic torch relay means anything, that Bridlington should be one of the ports of call.”