Costs of the Olympic Torch relay

Karen Inman Torch Relay Beverley

IT COST the East Riding Council nearly £26,000 to allow the Olympic Torch to pass through the county in June 2012.

Judo star Karen Inman from Paull carries the Olympic Torch through Beverley

The Olympic Torch made its way through the East Riding on the 18th and 19th June 2012 with visits to Bridlington, Beverley, Brough and Goole. The events were extremely popular and well-attended by the public and represented local opportunities for residents to get involved in the Olympic 2012 phenomenon.

A Freedom of Information request to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has revealed that the costs to the authority for staging the events was £25, 985.

The council, in responding to the request made to it and 65 other local authorities, listed the expenditure incurred, as:

  • Publicity – £233
  • Crowd barriers – £7,193
  • Stewarding – £1,437
  • First Aiders – £396
  • Park & Ride – £8,382
  • Flags/Bunting/Signs – £1,709
  • Clothing – £148
  • Refreshments – £107
  • Staffing – £6,380

The total cost for allowing the Olympic Torch to pass through the East Riding = £25, 985. 

The amount allocated to Park & Ride, refers to the costs to the council of making the Beverley facility free for the event in that town on Monday 18th June 2012.

The council did not earn any income from hosting the celebratory events.

So what do you think? Money well spent?

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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