Town’s golden moment a step closer!

Tesco Westwood worker Paul Drake, who will be carrying the Olympic torch on part of it's journey theorugh Scarborough, nominated for the honour by , co-worker Viv Rennie, left. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121807h 01/05/12

Tesco Westwood worker Paul Drake, who will be carrying the Olympic torch on part of it's journey theorugh Scarborough, nominated for the honour by , co-worker Viv Rennie, left. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121807h 01/05/12

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SCARBOROUGH has moved a step closer to blazing a golden Olympic trail after the official lighting of the Games torch.

The searing flame was kindled yesterday in Olympia, in Greece, with a high priestess capturing the sun’s rays in a parabolic mirror.

The torch will arrive in Scarborough on Monday, June 18, ahead of the summer’s London Olympic Games.

The world-famous flame will travel through the town and on to Filey with torchbearers from across the Scarborough area given the huge honour.

Teacher Kelly Williams, 25, and originally from Scalby, will carry the torch through Whitby, before gearing up to help run the Olympic Indoor Volleyball competition at Earls Court as a team member.

Swimmer Ellie Walls, 28, of West Ayton, will also carry the torch through Scarborough, with 48-year-old Tesco worker Paul Drake taking it through Filey on the same day.

Scalby School student James Hunter will run in York the day after.

Surgeon Phil Perry, 60, who works at Scarborough Hospital, has been chosen to run with the flame in Thirsk on June 20, with 56-year-old former Scarborough Football Club manager Ian Kerr doing the honours in the same venue.

Scarborough’s big day will start at 12.28pm in Columbus Ravine from the junction with Victoria Park Avenue, taking in Peasholm Gap and the North Bay Promenade.

There will be a lunchtime stop and special invite-only show at the Open Air Theatre, before starting again at 1.29pm in Burniston Road.

The torch will then go along 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 end at 2.14pm, with the torch then travelling to Filey.