The Olympic torch's journey through Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 01:26 02 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:29 20 February 2013
More than 70 communities across Yorkshire will welcome the Olympic torch this summer, as Jo Haywood reports
The print version of this article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Dont let anyone say we dont show visitors a good time in Yorkshire. When the flame comes to the county in June, were taking it for a spot of retail therapy in the Victoria Arcade, Leeds, popping it on the Flying Scotsman from York to Thirsk, wowing it with a bit of culture at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and lobbing it off the Dock Tower in Grimsby (firmly attached to an abseil line of course).
The relay route for this iconic beacon takes in 78 communities in Yorkshire and Humberside from June 18th-20th and June 24th-27th, visiting every part of the region along its winding way from Scarborough to Bradford and from Doncaster to Beverley.
The route announcement illustrates in detail just how the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will take the games to almost every corner of Yorkshire, said Sebastian Coe, chairman of the organising committee.
Everyone is now invited to plan their welcome and find out where they can go to be part of this historic occasion. The Olympic Games are coming to you and the flame will give people across Yorkshire their moment to shine.
The torch will visit more than 1,000 villages, towns and cities across the UK on its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey. It will set off from Lands End in Cornwall on May 19th and arrive at the Stadium via the River Thames on July 27th, when it will be used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.
During its time in Yorkshire, it will be carried to cities, towns and villages
in all four corners of the county, taking in our many natural and urban landmarks along the way. Street by street detail of the route will be confirmed later in the year.
We are delighted that the torch will visit so many communities across Yorkshire, said Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.
Its going to be a fantastic occasion for everyone and we are urging people to get involved and organise parties and celebrations while the torch is here.
Being able to host the torch over six days will give us a wonderful opportunity to profile and showcase our county to the world.
If you would like to play an active role in the celebrations to mark the Olympic flames progression through Yorkshire, why not become a local leader?
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