Town flame battle all set to heat up

SCARBOROUGH residents could be set to the fan the flames of the Olympic celebrations and help carry the famous Games Torch through the town.

Organisers behind the 2012 London spectacular have made offers to a selected band of people across Yorkshire to help take the torch through the county next year.

The exciting move means Scarborough residents are one step closer to finding out if they have been chosen for the unique honour.

The Olympic Torch will pass through Scarborough, Filey and Whitby on Monday, June 18.

Colin Nolan, 40, of South Cliff, was nominated to represent Scarborough by the Anthony Nolan foundation for donating blood stem cells to save the life of a woman he had never met.

The final list of 8,000 torch bearers will be confirmed in February.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of tourist body Welcome to Yorkshire and Chair of Yorkshire Gold, said he was delighted residents had been given the chance to create their own piece of sporting history.

He added: “The nomination process has found some truly inspirational people from across Yorkshire.

“Carrying the Torch as it travels through the region next June will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for them.

“We are very proud to have such outstanding people representing the region to the world.”

The torch’s official route was announced by the Evening News last month, with the flame passing through Loftus and Hinderwell - in Cleveland - Lythe, Sandsend and Whitby before making a grand entrance into Scarborough.

It will then move on to Filey and then into Ryedale via Pickering’s North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Details of the exact Scarborough route are yet to be announced.

However, it is understood that it will include the refurbished Open Air Theatre.