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Street route for Olympic torch


11:40am 19th March 2012
(Updated 1:20pm 19th March 2012)

The streets the Olympic Torch will travel in York, the city’s Torchbearers and the first details of a massive party at York Racecourse are announced, alongside the launch of York Gold 2012, an exciting programme of sports and activities.

Tadcaster Road, The Shambles, Bishopthorpe Road and a section of the Bar Walls are among the spectacular York routes that the Olympic Torch will travel on 19th and 20th June. Street-by-street details and proposed start times just click here.

On that link you can also find out where and when the torch will be in Humberside, North Yorkshire and the Selby District.

In York the Torch will arrive at York Racecourse’s main stage on 19 June on a thoroughbred horse and, on 20 June it will steam out of the city from the National Railway Museum aboard the impressive Scots Guardsman locomotive.

Helping carry the torch will be City of York Council’s two nominated Torchbearers:

All Saints RC Secondary School pupil Jessica Hoggarth-Hall who will celebrate her 14th birthday by carrying the torch on 20 June, and Clive Warley, aged 74, a semi finalist in the European Disabled Table Tennis Championships in 1999.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has nominated York Torchbearer gymnast Stanley Wild. He represented Great Britain 38 times, including two Olympic Games, and started York City Gymnastics Club which now has over 1,800 members and 80 coaches and which will be welcoming international squads for pre-2012 Games training. LOCOG will slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address and each will wear a white and gold uniform designed by adidas

City of York Council is working with LOCOG to host an evening celebration to celebrate the Olympic Flame. The event at York Racecourse will be free – but people will be invited to express their interest in coming for planning purposes. Kicking off at 10am with the Sporting Giants Games – a sports day for some 30 4-metre high biomechanical puppets made by 23 York primary schools – the celebration will include sports demonstrations and interactive stands offering tasters of activities including basketball, cheer-leading, table tennis and equestrian. While a staged spectacular from 5.30pm will feature dozens of local musicians playing African drums and a performance by the Minster Choir, as well as entertainment from some major stars courtesy of the three Presenting Partners of the Relay: Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. Details of the show will be released over the next few months.

The visit of the Torch will launch a summer-long programme of activities and sessions with local sports clubs to encourage everyone in York to improve their fitness, health and wellbeing and help bring communities closer together. This includes a summer of local sports clubs open days, York’s third highly-successful Celebrating Ability Day on 24 August, an action-packed health and fitness fair at Rowntree Park on 15 September and the week-long Eng-AGE 50+ Games starting on 1 October. A full list is here.

Also inspired by the Olympic Games are a number of projects whose breadth and vision have been accredited with the coveted Inspire Mark. These projects have enabled people from all walks of life to get involved in the Games and be touched by the Olympic values. These projects include the Sporting Giants and the University of York’s national Olympic-inspired NUE2012 student enterprise competition both of which will form part of the celebration at the Knavesmire.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion said:#

“I’m thrilled to see plans moving forward to bring the relay and an amazing series of celebrations to York. To be a part of them and to witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether people line the route, try a new sport, or party at the evening event, this brings a taste of the Olympic movement to our city and it’s one we plan to have a lasting impact.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added:

“Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might  celebrate and make it York’s moment to shine.”

Schools can now access free learning activities and resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (click here), the official London 2012 education programme.

Pictured: Torchbearer Clive Warley, aged 74, a semi finalist in the European Disabled Table Tennis Championships in 1999.


Pictured: Torchbearer York gymnast Stanley Wild. He represented Great Britain 38 times, including two Olympic Games.



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