The Olympic torch is set to pass through Hunslet, Beeston and Morley, it’s been announced today.
The iconic symbol will be travelling through Leeds in late June 2012 as it makes its way to London for the start of the world’s biggest sporting event in London in July.
A press conference was held at the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Tempest Road, Beeston Hill, this morning with students from South Leeds Academy and pupils from Windmill Primary School, plus an Olympic-themed exhibition produced by the pupils. Members of the Asian community were also present.
The torch will pass through south Leeds on June 25 2012. Details of the other parts of Yorkshire it will visit can be found here.
Leeds City Council executive member for leisure, Beeston and Holbeck councillor Adam Ogilvie, said:
“This is another really exciting day as we announce more details of the Olympic Torch visiting Leeds, which is going to be a fantastic and historic event for our city.
“Aside from the Torchbearers who will have the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of actually carrying the flame, we want this to be a celebration for the whole of Leeds to get involved in, not just for those communities announced today. Everyone will have a chance to see the flame, and we look forward to getting as many people as possible involved to make sure it is a never-to-be-forgotten experience.”
Beeston Festival is organising a ‘Beeston Olympics’ for next year’s annual event in Cross Flatts Park. The festival’s next meeting is on Thursday 5pm at Hillside.