Welcome the torch to Brighouse

THE eyes of the world be on Brighouse as the Olympic Torch makes its way to the town.

The historic moment is only days away and preparations are gathering pace to greet the Olympic flame.

On Sunday, June 24, the procession of the torch will start on Bradford Road, Bradley, at 12.28pm. Torchbearers will carry the flame past Lord’s Lane and Huddersfield Road before turning left on to Bethel Street at 12.34pm.

The journey continues past Canal Street and Briggate at 12.35pm, Commercial Street (12.36pm) and Gooder Street (12.37pm) before making its way up Halifax Road at 12.37pm.

The torch will pass by Elland Road, Sunnybank Road, Waterloo Road, Piggott Street, Sycamore View, Garden Road, Mill Grove and finishing at Yew Park at 12.52pm.

The convoy will then go to Halifax starting at Godley Lane just after 1pm.

Seven inspirational people and athletes have been selected as torchbearers to carry the flame through Brighouse.

Amongst them are Halifax paralympic athlete 19-year-old Hannah Cockroft. Rebecca Bell, 23, from Soyland, Real Radio morning presenter David ‘Dixie’ Dixon, 33, selected through the Lloyds TSB public nomination campaign, Joanne Kempley, 22, of Huddersfield, Saira Tabasum, 21, from Bradford, Bambang Pamungkas, 31, from Jakarta and James Nichols, 31, from Manchester.

There will also be fun activities being staged along the route from the official Olympic Torch Relay Partners before the torch arrives.

Coca Cola will give free samples/giveaways, and people can try their hand at mixing sounds on a beat generator.

Lloyds TSB / Bank of Scotland will have ice cream vans, freebies, music and juggling, stilt-walkers and acrobatics.

Samsung will be on quad bikes distributing freebies and keepsakes. All these may be subject to change without notice

Fun and games will begin at 10am when Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy, opens the games taking place along Commercial Street, which will be covered in grass. Two thousand children are expected to take part in the games.

The refreshment tent opens at 10.30am. There will be fairground rides, giant trampoline ride, tombola, hot food, minature steam trains, sports demonstrations, Roktagon and much more.

Diamond Gymnastics and Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band will be performing at 11am.

A break in the games will take place at 10am for people to prepare and take their positions for the torch.

Races will restart at 12.45pm with Roger Davies performing Carry That Fire at 1pm. A Kung Fu diplay will take place at 1pm.

The day of fun is being organised by Brighouse Business Initiative.

The majority of roads in and around Brighouse town centre and those along the route will be closed between 8am and 3pm.

Car parks open in Brighouse will be Parsonage Lane, Commercial Street, Daisy Street, Owler Ings, Bank Street and Mill Lane.

Calderdale Council is asking all residents who live on the route the torch will take to remove tehir vehicles. Residents will be required to park in a different location away from the torch route if they see ‘no waiting’ cones placed in their usual parking locations on the morning of the torch relay. Signs will highlight these restrictions.

People should avoid arranging any deliveries or collections at this time of the relay and on-street parking restrictions will be in place on some streets on the route.

There will be some disruption to public transport.

For more information about the Olympic torch routes through Calderdale and road closures, parking and advice visit www.calderdale.gov.uk