On your marks for our Olympic day
The world-famous flame will blaze a trail through Scarborough in June, with thousands set to line the streets and celebrate the 2012 London Games.
The procession will take place on Monday June, 18 and include a special ceremony at the town’s 3.5 million Open Air Theatre to mark the global sporting spectacle.
The official route is:
l 12.28pm – Columbus Ravine: from the junction with Victoria Park Avenue, Peasholm Gap, to North Bay Promenade
l Lunchtime stop at the Open Air Theatre
l 1.29pm – Burniston Road, Peasholm Gap, Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive, Sandside, Foreshore Road, Valley Road, Ramshill Road and Filey Road to junction with Queens Margarets Road.
The ceremony is expected to conclude at 2.14pm.
The full torch ceremony will start the day in Hinderwell, near Whitby, at 9.01am, before moving on to Lythe at 9.13am and into Whitby at 9.40am.
It will then be carried to Whitby Railway Station and taken to Pickering via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, before making its way to Scarborough.
Torchbearers from across the Scarborough borough will carry out a relay procession of the flame, with a special stop at the Open Air Theatre in front of a capacity crowd.
The free invitation only event will focus on the youth of Scarborough and feature performances inspired by sport, music and the arts.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Council’s representative for promoting London 2012, said he was thrilled the Olympic Torch was arriving in Scarborough.
Cllr Bastiman predicted it would provide the catalyst for increased interest in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He said: “I am delighted that we are finally able to let local people know exactly where they will be able to see the Olympic Flame when it is carried through our borough in June.
“The announcement really brings the route to life and we encourage people of all ages to line the streets on June 18 so that they can witness the full spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay.
“We are also looking forward, with great pride, to welcoming the inspirational Torchbearers to our communities and celebrating their many achievements and aspirations.”
One of the Torchbearers in Scarborough could be supermarket worker Paul Drake, of Milton Avenue.
The 47-year-old produce team leader at the Westwood Tesco store, was nominated by colleague Viv Rennie in recognition of his ongoing commitment to charity work.
Mr Drake was told he would carry the torch between Middlesbrough and Hull, but despite the lack of absolute clarity, he was still completely overwhelmed at the role.
He told the Evening News: “This is a once in a lifetime chance and something that will stay with me forever.
“I normally watch it on TV, but this time I’ll be a part of it.”
Scarborough Council bosses have also revealed plans are under way for displays and entertainment for areas where the torch will pass through.
Anyone interested who is not represented by a town or parish council should contact Andrew Williams at Scarborough Council on (01723) 232323 or by email at email@example.com
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