Appeal for all torch memories

Filey Olympic torch bearer Paul Drake is cheered by wife Janet after his successful day.Picture Richard Ponter 122526
Filey Olympic torch bearer Paul Drake is cheered by wife Janet after his successful day.Picture Richard Ponter 122526

Thousands of people lined the streets of Scarborough when the Olympic Torch arrived and they are now being asked to share their memories.

The relay route went through the borough on Monday, June 18, as part of the build up to next month’s London games.

The successful bid to bring the route here was submitted by Scarborough Council and the organisers are asking people to share their memories of the day.

Material can include digital photographs, video footage, comments, poems as well as drawings and painted pictures.

Gabrielle Jandzio, the council’s communications officer, said that her team hoped to use the contributions to create an online record that would be a true representation of the many different communities the Olympic Flame visited.

She added: “We know that there are many people that have their own special records of the Flame’s visit and we think these should be celebrated and shared as widely as possible.

“From images of friends and family lining the route waving flags, to paintings of Torchbearers and rhyming couplets about the colourful convoy, we want them all so that we can demonstrate exactly what it meant to the people of our borough to have their moment to shine.”

It was first revealed that the council had submitted the bid to bring the torch to this area back in February 2011.

The document highlighted areas of cultural, historical and sporting significance across the area, as well as important landmarks, areas of natural beauty and major events.

Last November it was announced that Whitby, Scarborough and Filey had all scooped a place on the route – and the Open Air Theatre took centre stage as the venue for the stop for lunch.

The flame arrived in the UK on May 18 and will tour Britain for a total of 70 days ahead of the games next month.

The route through Scarborough included: Columbus Ravine, North Bay Promenade, the Open Air Theatre, Burniston Road, Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive, Sandside, Foreshore Road, Valley Road, Ramshill Road, Filey Road to the junction with Queen Margaret’s Road and onto Filey.

Contributions should be sent by email to gabrielle.jandzio@scarborough.gov.uk – memories which are hand drawn pictures or paintings need to be digitally scanned and saved as a jpeg image before being emailed.

All contributors will have their name mentioned on the website unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Once contributions have been gathered, the online resource will be available to view at www.scarborough.gov.uk/coast2012

Coast 2012, which is being delivered by Seachange, in partnership with the council, includes East meets East the twinning partnership with the London borough of Hackney.

It includes , children’s sports and cultural activities, schools tournaments and competitions, Paralympic inspired activities; community events and Olympic celebrations.