Paralympic lantern may be on way to Brid

The Paralympic Lantern.
The Paralympic Lantern.

THE PARALYMPIC Lantern is likely to head to Bridlington after East Riding of Yorkshire Council said it is looking again at the towns it would visit during its stay in the county.

Originally, the lantern had only been earmarked to visit Hornsea, Hedon, Beverley, Withernsea and other communities who had not been visited by the Olympic torch earlier in the summer - an event which saw around 15,000 people line the streets in Bridlington.

Now a council spokesperson has said that the authority had been looking at adding extra dates, after Bridlington councillor Shelagh Finlay said she was “disappointed” that the lantern would not be visiting the town.

At a celebration at Beverley Leisure Complex, the council received a Paralympic Lantern – a brass lantern which symbolises the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality - and will be showcasing it at a number of community events across the county until November.

The spokesperson said: “All of the resource centres that took part in the Beverley flame celebration will be getting a visit from the lantern, including Priory View in Bridlington.

“We will also be looking at adding dates to the tour.”

The lantern has already visited Stamford Bridge, Driffield and Hornsea, and will also head to the eight resource centres that took part in the Beverley Flame Celebration, as well as special schools in the East Riding.

Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic well-being and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is delighted to be able to bring the lantern to community events across the area over the coming weeks.

“We have been heartened by the interest shown by host venues and we would like to thank them for helping us to share the lantern with people in their local communities.

“This tour wraps up an amazing season of sport and celebration, which has been enjoyed by people throughout east Yorkshire.”