Olympic Torch times revealed

Olympic torch in the Ridings.'Catherine Somerfield
Olympic torch in the Ridings.'Catherine Somerfield
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THE times the Olympic Torch will pass through the city have been announced.

Torchbearers will carry the flame through the city on Monday, June 25.

And it will arrive on Wentworth Street at 11.10am, to be carried past the town and county halls towards the city centre.

It is expected to reach the Bull Ring at 11.20am, and will go from there into Kirkgate precinct via Teall Street.

The torch will be carried along Kirkgate and is expected to reach the new footbridge to the Hepworth gallery at 11.30am.

Sports stars, community fundraisers and those who have battled disabilities have been selected to carry the torch.

Wakefield’s chosen torchbearers include sportsman Les D’Arcy, fundraiser Terry Rigg and Normanton’s Jono Lancaster, who rose to fame for raising awareness of Treacher Collins syndrome.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We are keen to encourage as many people as possible to welcome the torch, celebrate the achievements of the inspirational torchbearers carrying the flame through the community.”

The torch is making an 8,000-mile journey towards London ahead of the beginning of the Olympic Games on Friday, July 27.

It will also be carried through Castleford, Pontefract and Ackworth on June 25.