South Leeds celebrates Olympic torch with events in Beeston and Hunslet

The Olympic Torch is coming to South Leeds on Monday!

Monday will see the big day finally arrive! The Olympic Torch will be carried through Beeston and Hunslet early in the morning – and South Leeds Life is encouraging everyone to line the streets and celebrate!

Earlier this week, an estimated crowd of 25,000 people lined the streets of Boston Spa, Wetherby and Harewood as the iconic symbol of the London 2012 Olympic Games made its way to Harewood House.

The torch is due on Church Street, Hunslet, at 7.43am before moving on to the John Charles Centre For Sport and is due on Dewsbury Road at 8.23am, before turning onto Tempest Road then Beeston Road. Here’s the full route and timings:

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Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Adam Ogilvie (who’s also a councillor for Beeston and Holbeck) said:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for communities across Leeds to put on an amazing party.”

So what’s happening in south Leeds to celebrate its arrival? Here’s our guide:

Pupils and their families at Hunslet St Mary’s C of E Primary School will be taking part in the fun with an Olympic Torch Breakfast. The school tweeted us last night:

“Families from our school are invited to Olympic Breakfast Club after the torch has come past Church Street #olympictorch :)”

A breakfast barbecue will be on offer those who are waiting to see the torch outside the methodist church on Balm Road, near the Railway Pub. Church-goers will also give away bottled water to those waiting near Trinity Methodist Church, on Tempest Road and a group is going to stand near Elland Road and also give out bottled water.

Middleton-based dance group DAZL will be performing a spectacular routine at the John Charles Centre for Sport. They’ve put together a ‘Motion Drill’ for all primary and secondary schools to learn for an Olympic torch mass cheerleading dance. Check out the video below for a preview of the dance:


A fun day is being held at Hamara Healthy Living Centre to coincide with the Olympic Torch being carried past the building on Tempest Road.

The event, which runs 8am-4pm, will include fun activities and music – and will see Hamara launch a new sports initiative.

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Campaigners fighting to get the South Leeds Sports Centre reopened following its closure in November 2010 will also be present to welcome the torch outside Cross Flatts Park, off Beeston Road.

The folks at Beeston Parish Centre in Town Street, Beeston, will be offering up a special breakfast. The centre will be open for tea/coffee and toast as the Olympic Flame passes through Town Street and Wesley Street at about 8.45am on Monday 25th June. The parish centre will be open from  7.30am to 9am.

If you know of any more events in the area, we’re more than happy to include them here. Either post the details in the comments section below, email us on, tweet us @southleedslife or search for ‘South Leeds Life’ on Facebook. We’ll update this post as we get more inormation.