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Olympic Torch to come through Harrogate on 19 June 2012

The Olympic torch will be proudly carried into London this year but before it arrives it will be on tour right across the country. It will spend the longest time in Yorkshire and in the Harrogate district it will be carried through Knaresborough, Starbeck, Harrogate and Ripon on the afternoon of 19 June before making its way for an overnight stop in York.

Whilst the organisers are not able yet to give out the exact route details, Harrogate Borough Council is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in joining them to make our route exciting visually for the media team that will follow the specially chosen torch bearers.

Councillor Caroline Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, who is chairing the local organising group, also wants hundreds of local people, especially children, out on our streets giving the torch and its bearers a fabulous Yorkshire welcome.

Councillor Bayliss said: 

We have set up working groups in the four areas and they have some exciting plans. But now we want to hear from the wider community to see if they want to come and dance, or play music, put on events or help us dress the streets.

Anticipation for the Games is growing and 2012 is giving us so much to work on and for the community to enjoy with both the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. This is our rallying call for people to join us in welcoming the Olympic torch relay into our district on 19 June.

Further details are available at and if you would like to be involved expressions of interest in by 27 March 2012 are requested.

For those without access to the internet, please contact John McGivern, Senior Sports Development Officer on 01423 556729 or email

The council would also like to hear from anyone locally who may have attended the Olympic Games the last time they were held in London in 1948 as the media is interested in local stories and memories of those games.


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