THE SPIRIT of the Olympic Games will burn bright in Bridlington next year after it was announced the Olympic Flame will pass through the town.
The flame will pass through the town on June 18 next year, heading south from Filey and then passing on to Beverley, before eventually heading back down to London to light the Olympic Cauldron and mark the official opening of the 2012 Games.
Mayor of Bridlington Town Council, Cyril Marsburg said that the torch passing will be a “special occasion” for the town.
“I and the Town Council are highly delighted that the olympic torch will be carried via Bridlington.
“It will be a spectacular and wonderful occasion. We in Bridlington have never seen and will never see such an historic event in this generation’s lifetime.
“I hope that the people of Bridlington will turn out in droves to witness the carrying of the torch.”
Mayor Marsburg also congratulated Beverley Mayor Peter Astell for his efforts in campaigning to bring the olympic flame to the region.
There are no plans yet as to which route the torch will take through the town.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “To witness the Olympic Torch Relay in the East Riding is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“The relay will give residents and visitors a chance to celebrate and share in the Olympic spirit, mark the countdown to the start of the games and also support those members of the community chosen to run with the Olympic Flame.”
Sebastian Coe, chair of London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: “We are thrilled to confirm that the Olympic Flame will be visiting as part of its journey around the UK. We have worked hard to devise a route that achieves the optimum mix of proximity to people whilst taking in diversity of London’s landscape and landmarks.
“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across the East Riding to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
You can view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap to see where the torch will be heading, or visit www.london2012.com/localleaders to find out how to become involved in events to mark the visit to Bridlington.
Judy Allison, secretary of the Bridlington Road Runners Athletics club, believes that the visit “will be lovely for the people of the town, and I am sure everyone will line the streets and make sure it is well supported”.
The club has just under 100 members including both seniors and juniors, and Judy says that seeing the torch could prove to be an “inspiration” for young runners.
“It might inspire them to greater heights and it will be good to encourage people to join in sports and possibly go on to those dizzy heights of representing your country at an Olympic Games. We’ll never see something like this again in our lifetime.”
During the summer the Free Press, along with fellow titles in the Yorkshire Regional Newspapers stable, campaigned to see the torch pass through other towns in Yorkshire such as Bridlington, Pickering, Scarborough, Filey, and Beverley.
The torch will now pass from Middlesbrough down to Pickering, across to Scarborough then south through Filey where it will visit Bridlington.
The torch will leave Bridlington and visit Beverley before reaching Hull where it will stay overnight before moving on to West Yorkshire.