Brighouse greets the Olympic torch

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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.

Above 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.

Olympic spirit was in the air early on as Brighouse Business Initiative entertained hundreds of 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 John Hardy.

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.

At 12pm the anticipation started to build as crowds went to their viewing spots to await the torchbearers.

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.

He handed the torch onto Halifax’s Paralympic athlete Hannah Cockroft, who brought the torch into the town centre to Bethel Street.

Other torchbearers Rebecca Bell, 23, from Soyland, Joanne Kempley, 22, of Huddersfield, Saira Tabasum, 21, from Bradford, Bambang Pamungkas, 31, from Jakarta and James Nichols, 31, from Manchester carried the flame past Canal Street and Briggate Commercial Street and Gooder Street before making its way up Halifax Road.

The convoy will then made its way onto to Halifax.

Crowds then took themselves back to the attractions in the town including refreshment tents, food stalls including The Street and Temujins fairground rides, giant trampoline ride, tombola, hot food, miniature steam trains, sports demonstrations, Roktagon and much more.

For the full coverage and pictures of the Olympic Torch coming through Brighouse see Thursday’s Brighouse Echo. Also if you want to send your own pictures from the day and your thoughts email or @Brighouse_Echo