hopes are high for torch visit

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame, the new golden torch which will be carried by the 8,000 runners
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe holds aloft the Olympic Flame, the new golden torch which will be carried by the 8,000 runners
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HOPES are high that the Olympic torch will travel through Filey during next year’s build-up to the London games.

Scarborough Council has submitted a bid to bring the relay through the borough and the official announcement is due to be made later this month.

In May it was revealed that the flame would stop in Middlesbrough on June 17, Hull on June 18 and York on June 19 – suggesting a strong possibility of a detour though the borough.

Cllr Mike Cockerill said he was hoping that the bid would be successful. He added: “If the indications are that it is coming through the borough then we would want it coming through Filey.

“I think it’d be fantastic for the town and this is why I’ve been pushing for it. The kudos of the Olympic torch passing through Filey – can you imagine the pictures of it running along the seafront? It would be superb.”

And Cllr Colin Haddington agreed it would be good news for the area because it brought part of the Olympic Games out of the capital.

He said: “It’s essential that the torch comes to the borough to bring the games to the north of the country. It would be an honour for the borough of Scarborough because we usually get forgotten.”

Cllr Sam Cross added: “I think it’s fantastic that we could get the torch for the people and children of Filey.

“But it’d be even better for them to finally get the sports centre that we’ve been waiting the borough to come up with for the past 30 years.”

According to the Olympic Games Museum the 1948 torch relay travelled from Greece through Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, back through France and across the English Channel to Dover before heading to Wembley.

The flame will arrive in the UK on May 18 next year and will tour Britain for 70 days ahead of the games at the end of July – its journey will begin at Land’s End in Cornwall.

It will go within an hour’s travel of 95 per cent of the population and the total distance the flame will travel is estimated to be 8,000 miles.