Olympic Torch day: Bridlington gets ready to welcome the flame

Bridlington will welcome the Olympic Torch on Monday, June 18.
Bridlington will welcome the Olympic Torch on Monday, June 18.

THOUSANDS of people are expected to line the streets of Bridlington on Monday to play their part in Olympic history.

The 2012 Olympic Torch relay arrives in town for what has been hailed as a once in a lifetime experience. Bridlington is the first community on the East Riding route and crowds of people are expected to cheer on the torchbearers as they carry the famous flame through the town.

The Olympic convoy will switch to torchbearer mode at the start of the route – on Scarborough Road – at around 3pm, when Bridlington councillor and chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Chad Chadwick, is due to greet the flame.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the torch is coming to Bridlington and we are lucky because there are bigger towns all over the country that have not even got the torch,” said Coun Chadwick.

“We are pleased that, in what bit of time that we have, we can show the rest of the country what Bridlington has to offer and I hope the public show their appreciation and get behind the event,” he added.

The route will make its way through the town along Scarborough Road, St John’s Street, Quay Road, Station Road, before leaving the town via Kingsgate.

The first torchbearer will pass by Baylegate on the left and South Back Lane on the right, before heading along St John’s Street.

The route then goes on to Quay Road, until it reaches Quay Road roundabout, when the torchbearer will then turns right on to Station Avenue and across the railway bridge.

They will turn right on to Hilderthorpe Road before bearing left on to Kingsgate.

The route will then go down Kingsgate, passing George Street and Shaftesbury Road on the right and Kingston Road on the left, before reverting to convoy mode at around 3.22pm.

During its journey the torch switches between ‘torchbearer mode’ – when it is carried by a torchbearer through the streets for around 300m before passing the flame onto the next torchbearer – and ‘convoy mode’, when the flame is carried inside a vehicle to the next community on the route.

During the relay there will be a series of rolling road closures put in place by Humberside Police, lasting for around 10 minutes at a time.

The torch relay will be the largest ever joint policing operation for Yorkshire and it is hoped that everyone will be able to enjoy the once in a lifetime spectacle safely.

Humberside Police assistant chief constable Alan Leaver said: “We do hope that people come along to see the torch. For most of us it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“We will do all we can to ensure that everybody is able to enjoy the experience peacefully and safely.”

People with disabilities have been advised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council that the best viewing area for them will be in Victoria Garden, at the junction with Quay Road and Station Avenue, which will be stewarded.

Spectators have also been advised to get there early to get the best viewing spot and to be on the side of the road where the convoy and torch will be carried.

The town’s Park and Ride scheme will operate from South Cliff Car Park with an extra stop on Hilderthorpe Road being added to the daily schedule.

The council has also advised residents and visitors to carefully consider their travel and viewing arrangements well in advance and, if on the route, to remove their parked vehicles from the street where possible.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Olympic Torch Relay’s visit to Bridlington provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents of the town and the surrounding area to be part of a global event.

“The council would encourage people to line the streets and cheer on the torchbearers as they carry the flame through the East Riding and to join in the celebrations for this magnificent occasion.”

l Will you be attending the torch relay in Bridlington? We would like you to share your experiences with us. Send your comments about the relay event and your photographs from the day to newsdesk@bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk.