BRIGHOUSE has welcomed the news that the Olympic torch will be paraded through the town.
The district will have the honour of being the first in Calderdale to welcome the torch on Sunday, June 24 when it is carried from Huddersfield to Halifax.
Over 1,000 villages, towns and cities have been selected by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic flame will be carried by torchbearers during the Olympic Torch Relay
Rastrick’s Paralympic hopeful Georgina Oliver said: “It’s really good to have torch coming through Brighouse. “Everyone seems to be getting excited about the games and hopefully it will encourage more people to watch.”
Chairman of Brighouse Business Iniative Lesley Adams said: “It’s great news and I think it will put Brighouse on the map.
“You feel more part of the games if you are able to see something like this in your town. I am looking forward to
watching the games. We will have to do something in the town to mark the occasion.”
Craig Whittaker, Calder Valley MP said: “I am delighted that the people of the CalderValley will get the opportunity to support the Olympic Torch Relay and the inspirational Torchbearers from our area who will be taking part. We have an area here to be truly proud of - and it’s great that it’s being highlighted and celebrated in this way.”
Councillor Howard Blagbrough (Brighouse, Con) added: “It’s very exciting that local residents will be able to share in this spectacle on the run-up to the 2012 Games. I’m sure the Torch Relay will get some really great support from the people of Brighouse.”
Calderdale’s Mayor, Councillor Nader Fekri, said it would be a fantastic opportunity for Calderdale people to witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay.
“It’s a fantastic boost that the torch is coming through the borough and I urge people to come out and support the event,” he said. “We should set the benchmark for all the other communities to be judged.”
Sebastian Coe, chair of LOCOG said: “We are thrilled to confirm that Brighouse and Halifax will act as host locations
for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in Calderdale to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay during its
journey around the UK.
“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Calderdale to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, on May 19 and will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
The route will now see 95 per cent of the population be within just ten miles of a venue where the torch will pass through.
The street details of the exact route through Brighouse will be confirmed early next year.
A total of 8,000 torchbearers, each of whom will have a story of personal achievement or contribution to the local
community will be contacted in December at which time successful nominees will be given a conditional offer.
Final torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.
The games committee has also launched two new public participation programmes.
The Local Leaders initiative encourages people to create their own celebrations for the Olympic Torch Relay and
other key moments.
The Get Set for the Olympic Torch education resource is available to all schools registered with Get Set, London 2012’s official education programme.