Olympic torch to be carried through Wakefield


THE Olympic torch will be carried through Wakefield in June ahead of the 2012 games.

Torchbearers will carry the flame through the city during an 8,000-mile journey.

Leader of Wakefield Council Coun Peter Box said: “I am delighted that we are on the route and have the opportunity to show the nation how much we have to offer.

“In a sports-mad district like this, the torchbearers can be assured of a very enthusiastic welcome. It will bring communities together for a never-to-be repeated chance to see the Olympic flame and to support the local people who have been chosen to carry the torch through the district.”

Council chief executive Joanne Roney said: “The Olympic torch shines on preparations being made for the Olympics across the UK and we are proud to be part of a wonderful world-wide event.

“The whole district will be part of this exciting experience, bringing generations and communities together. As we plan for the torch’s arrival next June we will make sure schools are fully involved. The Olympic flame’s arrival in Wakefield guarantees us a place in history which we will long remember.”

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the district to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its journey around the UK.

The torch’s journey will start at Land’s End on the morning of May 19, and will reach London on July 27, for the lighting of the cauldron during the opening ceremony, marking the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It will be carried by 8,000 different people, each nominated by the public for personal achievement or contribution to their community.

For an interactive map of its route, log on to www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap