It’s a flamin’ great day for Brighouse

The Olympic Torch relay and celebrations in Brighouse. Pictured are
The Olympic Torch relay and celebrations in Brighouse. Pictured are

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Brighouse to witness a once in a life time experience as the Olympic torch came to the town.

Right, is the historic moment where David ‘Dixie’ Dixon, co-presenter of the morning show on Real Radio, began the first part of the relay as the flame made its way into Calderdale. and passed the flame onto Halfax’s Paralympic athlete Hannah Cockroft.

Olympic spirit was in the air early on as Brighouse Business Initiative entertained over a thousand school children with their mini games competition along Commercial Street, carpeted in grass.

Parents and families watched the action as youngsters took part in races such as the egg and spoon and sack races which were started by the Mayor of Calderdale Coun John Hardy.

“It has been absolutely wonderful,” said Coun Hardy. “The organisers have put on an inventive way to celebrate the Olympics games. They have worked extremely hard. The crowds have been great and continued to grow but that’s what you expect from the people of Brighouse. You can see how much the children have enjoyed it by the look on their faces.

“After the events of the last 48 hours we have had with the weather all in all it has been a great day.”

Music from the National Champions Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and Roger Davies, who performed his song Carry That Fire, specially written for the event.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said: “The grass was a great idea and it is a fantastic effort of what can happen with all the town community coming together. Hats off to all the organisers and traders for being so imaginative and inventive.

“We have had people coming and supporting the event from Bradford, Scholes and the surrounding areas. It’s another feather in the cap for Brighouse and for Calderdale.”

At noon the anticipation started to build as crowds went to their viewing spots to await the torchbearers including climbing on walls and roof tops of shops.

Apart from running slightly behind schedule and the odd spot of rain, the showers held off as Dixie began the torch relay on Huddersfield Road.

Paralympic athlete Hannah Cockroft, brought the torch into the town centre along Bethel Street and Rebecca Bell, 23, from Soyland, Halifax, carried the torch up Halifax Road.

Entertainment carried on into the afternoon as the school games concluded with all the children presented with a certificate. Trophies were presented to Carr Green School, Rastrick, and St Chad’s CE Primary School, Hove Edge, for having the most victories.

Lesley Adams, chairman of Brighouse Business Initiative, who helped organise the event said the whole day had been an incredible success. “Everything ran smoothly and it was a great day overall. Everyone has commented saying how well the event was run.

“A big thank you must go to all the fantastic people who came and helped and to teachers and parents for their work. Community Foundation for Calderdale was also very kind donating £1,000 towards the event. It has been a lot of hard work but really fun at the same time.”

Lucy Metcalf, 27, from Rastrick, who watched the torch come through the town, said: “The day was a chance to see a part of history which we are unlikely to see again in our lifetime. The day has been really good and all the kids have enjoyed it too.”

Sister-in-law Sarah, 31, from Hove Edge, said: “It’s been brilliant watching the children and my son Dylan take part in the games. Everyone has really enjoyed and it and it’s great to be part of the historical event.”

Gabrielle Naylor, 29, also from Rastrick, was watching her son Sebastian take part in the races and said it was a lovely day to watch the

torch come through.

Mother-in-law Anita Naylor added: “It has just been a brilliant day and occasion for Brighouse.”

Hours of hard work and preparation went into transforming Commercial Street and the grass has moved onto its new home. BBI and OBL contractors, who helped supply the 900 square meters of grass, helped loading the turf which has been donated to the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall. Sections of the turf has also been given to schools in the area.