The Olympic Torch, the East Riding and some Holderness links

Olympics Torch Relay logo

THE OLYMPIC TORCH 2012 is currently making its way across the country. On Monday 18th June the Flame will travel from Middlesborough and enter the East Riding of Yorkshire on route through Bridlington and Beverley before arriving in Hull for the evening celebration.

On Tuesday 19th June the Flame will leave Hull and travel through Brough and Goole on route to its evening celebration in York.

At each place a Torchbearer will carry the Flame through the streets for approximately 300m each before passing the Flame onto another Torchbearer spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. This will happen through the four chosen communities on route. The Torchbearer will be flanked by a number of vehicles such as the police, media and sponsor vehicles.

East Riding Council have given the approximate timings for each place:

  • Monday 18th June 2012 – Bridlington – Start 3.00pm and leave 3.22pm
  • Monday 18th June 2012 – Beverley – Start 4.16pm and leave 4.47pm
  • Tuesday 19th June 2012 – Brough – Start 7.37am and leave 8.02am
  • Tuesday 19th June 2012 – Goole – Start 8.29am and leave 8.51am

Torchbearers of interest:

In Bridlington Neil Sergeant, 60, from Hornsea will be a Torchbearer. Neil has been the coach for the junior section of Beverley AC. He has given a tremendous amount to the club and the wider community without ever being formally recognised for his efforts.

Angela Rendell, 35, carries the Flame through Hull. Angela was born and lived in Hedon until she got married. See her Mum’s tribute on the Hedon Blog.

Karen Inman Nee Briggs from Paull

Perhaps the most famous local Torchbearer is Karen Inman from Paull who will be carrying the Flame through Beverley on the Monday. Better known to the world under her maiden name as Karen Briggs, she was an international Judo champion who between 1981-1990 was four times World Champion.

Matt Lloyd, 39, whose hometown is listed as Withernsea, is also taking part as a Torchbearer. The Paralympian who is now involved in a sports charity in Birmingham will be carrying the Olympic Flame through Scarborough on the 18th June.

A full list of Torchbearers is available for each day on the Olympics website: Monday 18th June and Tuesday 19th June.

The Route – Bridlington (see map):

The Olympic Torch Relay will reach the East Riding on Monday, 18 June, with Bridlington being the first community on route, changing to torchbearer mode in the town at about 3pm on Scarborough Road (A1038).

The torchbearer will pass by Baylegate on the left and South Back Lane on the right, before heading along St John’s Street, with the High School for Girls on the right and Queensgate on the left.

The route then goes on to Quay Road, passing St John’s Avenue on the right, the torchbearer will then turn right on Station Avenue and right again onto Hilderthorpe Road before bearing left onto A165 Kingsgate.

The route will then go down Kingsgate, passing George Street and Shaftesbury Road on the right and Kingston Road on the left before reverting to convoy mode at around 3.22pm.

Councillor Chad Chadwick, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will be at Scarborough Road at 3pm to meet the torch as it arrives in the town.

Note: The preferred viewing area in Bridlington for people with disabilities will be located in Victoria Garden, at the junction with Quay Road and Station Avenue and this area will be stewarded.

The council is advising people to arrive early to ensure best viewing locations and also to be on the side of the road where the convoy and torch will be being carried.

The Route – Beverley (see map):

After visiting Bridlington the Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Beverley on route to its overnight stop in Hull.

The relay turns to torchbearer mode at approximately 4.16pm, in Beverley, on Norwood (A1035), passing by Corporation Road on the left and Beverley High School on the right.

The route then turns left onto New Walkergate (A164) before turning right onto Sow Hill Road before progressing into Saturday Market.

The Flame will then go through Saturday Market down Toll Gavel before turning right onto Butcher Row and Lord Roberts Road. The route will then turn left onto Champney Road before again turning left onto Lairgate and then left again onto Keldgate at the double mini roundabout.

The route will go down Keldgate, passing Keldgate Bar on the right and Beverley Minster on the left before turning right on Flemingate (B1230).

Torchbearers will then continue down Flemingate passing by Spark Mill Lane on the right and Wiles Court, Beckside and Waterside Road on the left, before reverting to convoy mode at around 4.47pm.

Note: The preferred viewing area for in Beverley people with disabilities will be located at the Cross Street/Toll Gavel junction. This area will be stewarded and will also be the location of St John’s Ambulance and the point for lost children.

The East Riding Council is advising people to arrive early to ensure best viewing locations and also to be on the side of the road where the convoy and torch will be being carried.

The Route – Hull (see Hull City Council)

4:55pm           John Newton Way
5:10pm           Wawne Road
5:30pm           Robson Way
5:40pm           Salthouse Road
5:50pm           Sutton Golf Course
5:55pm           Holderness Road
6:00pm           Marfleet Lane
6:30pm           Mount Pleasant
6:40pm           Hedon Road
6:48pm           Great Union Street
6:49pm           Clarence Street
6:51pm           Alfred Gelder Street
6:55pm           Queen Victoria Square
6:56pm           Carr Lane
7:00pm           Anlaby Road
7:10pm           West Park

Hull City Council advise that people get to their preferred viewing locations at least an hour before.

For more information about the Torch Relay and Olympics 2012, visit the Official London 2012 website.

Visit: www.london2012.com

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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