The Olympic Torch will travel via 20 towns and villages throughout North Yorkshire in June 2012; passing through Bedale on June 20th. We can't help thinking that this will be a fantastic way to bring the community together to celebrate and will also put the spotlight on our fabulous market town as the torch passes through from Aiskew to Aysgarth before continuing it's journey around the UK!
According to www.london2012.com "The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer – including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas."
The Olympic Torch Relay will start on the 19th May at Land’s End, Cornwall and will end 70 days later at the Olympic Stadium after travelling approximately 8,000 miles around the UK; carried by 8,000 torch bearers and covering more than 1,000 villages, town and cities!
The Olympic torch will be travelling on the following journey throughout North Yorkshire:
18th June 2012
Hindewell, Lythe, Sandsend, Whitby, Pickering, Scarborough, Filey, Bridlington, Beverley & Hull (For an overnight stop)
19th June 2012
Hull to: Brough, Goole, Camblesforth, Selby, Monk Fryston, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster, Boston Spa, Wetherby, Harewood, Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon & York (For an overnight stop)
20th June 2012
York to: Thirsk, Northallerton, Aiskew, Bedale, Aysgarth, Leyburn & Richmond
While in North Yorkshire, the torch will be travelling on some of our county's best transport! On the 18th June, the torch will travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Whitby to Pickering and on the 20th June will board the Flying Scotsman which is owned by The National Railway Museum, while travelling from York to Thirsk.
The Olympic Torch's key focus will be on communities and young people; passing a number of schools and even making some lunchtime stops; with the aim of getting children inspired and therefore more involved in sports.
At BedaleOnline we can't wait to hear more about what everyone has planned for the Olympic Torch's journey through our community!
Extra publicity for Bedale can only be a good thing and we look forward to promoting our beautiful market town and showing what Bedale has to offer while the torch passes through!
Find out everything you need to know about the journey through Bedale here. Including times, routes and more!