Link-up plan with London’s East End

SCARBOROUGH is hoping to forge links with the East End of London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism and culture, will announce the plan at today’s council meeting.

A grant of £45,000 has been secured from North Yorkshire County Council Coast and Moors Area Committee to help fund the East Meets East Project.

In her statement Cllr Jefferson says: “The two-year project commencing in April 2011 includes the appointment of a partnership co-ordinator to work with local stakeholders to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Olympic and Paralympic Games and develop existing links between Scarborough Borough and the London Borough of Hackney in the East End of London – one of the six London boroughs hosting the 2012 Olympics.

“The project is inspired by the Olympic ideals of ambition, achievement and collaboration and aims to foster links through sport, culture and the arts between the diverse communities in the two areas.”

The project will be co-ordinated by both Scarborough Council and Coast and Moors Voluntary Action.

Last month it was revealed that the council had submitted a bid to include Scarborough in the route of the Olympic Torch during the build-up to next year’s games.

The flame is due to arrive in the UK on May 18 2012, and will tour Britain for 70 days before returning to the capital at the end of July.

Scarborough Council has submitted a document to Olympic bosses highlighting areas of cultural, historical and sporting significance across the area, as well as important landmarks, areas of natural beauty and major events.

If successful, the torch’s route could take in landmarks such as Oliver’s Mount, Peasholm Park and the new Open Air Theatre.

The council will find out in June whether its bid has been successful and the route, which will be within an hour’s journey for 95 per cent of Britons, is to be announced next year.

London 2012 bosses said the aim was for the torch to visit different communities and draw people in to the games.