Fingers crossed for city Olympic torch visit

15 June 2010..........  Lord Sebastian Coe launches 'Bradford Gold' at Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford.
15 June 2010.......... Lord Sebastian Coe launches 'Bradford Gold' at Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford.

THE city is poised to find out whether it has been chosen to have the Olympic torch travel through it as part of celebrations next year.

Leaders and sports stars are calling for the flame to make an appearance in the city during its relay.

Last month Lord Sebastian Coe and his organising committee announced that Leeds and Sheffield will host the torch and hold evening celebrations ahead of the London Games 2012.

But key details of its exact route between the two cities is yet to be announced.

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said a decision could be made next week.

She said: “We very much hope that the Olympic torch will come to Wakefield, but as yet this is unconfirmed. There will be another meeting about it next week and we obviously hope for a positive outcome.”

The torch could travel through the city on June 25, 2012, and its bid could be boosted by the fact Wakefield Hockey Club will be used as a pre-games training camp.

The torch will travel 8,000 miles over 70 days from Land’s End to the Olympic Stadium in London.