Thread: Olympic torch in Beeston and Hunslet – UPDATED

[slideshow]Above: slideshow of Olympic Torch photographs taken by our voluntary contributors today. Many thanks to everyone for their contributions.

UPDATE: Regular South Leeds Life contributor Paul Ibbotson has sent us some photographs of when the torch entered Elland Road.

The torch cavalcade makes its way onto Elland Road. Photo: Paul Ibbotson
Elland Road this morning. Photographs: Paul Ibbotson

UPDATE: The third video of the day in this Olympic Torch thread – this time the torch travelling through Hunslet. It’s short, but sweet! Thanks to Jason Slack at The Hunslet Club for spotting.


UPDATE: The Olympic Torch Relay has been hailed as an ’incredible success’ after attracting estimated crowds of 200,000 people to see it during its three days in Leeds.
Check out the full  council press release here.

Sara Smithson from Robin Hood (left) passes the flame onto Hannah Harris from Horsforth (right) at the John Charles Centre for Sport

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who’s emailed their photos to RealHappyLad has shared eight of his photographs on the South Leeds Life group flickr pool. If you’re on Flickr, share yours with our readers!

ENtertainment on one of the cotrporate floats that preceeded the Olympic torchbearer. Photographs shared on Flickr by RealHappyLad

UPDATE: We’ve posted a rough video of the torch coming along Tempest Road on our YouTube Channel:


UPDATE:  Deacon Al Henry (pictured below) sends us photos from Hunslet Olympic Torch Relay and Breakfast provided by the South Leeds Methodist Church today between 6:45 -8:30am. Looks like a good time was had by all!

Deacon Al with his own Olympic Torch!

Lining the streets in Hunslet
Torch relay breakfast with South Leeds Methodist Circuit at The Railway. Photo: Al Henry

UPDATE: Steve Thompson of Beeston Parish Centre has emailed us some pictures from Town Street this morning, and also of the Olympic breakfast event in the parish centre itself. Photos by Frank, Steve and Ashleigh

The torchbearer on Town Street

Patriotic Town Street

Olympic torch crowds in Beeston this morning
Panoramic view of the Olympic breakfast at Beeston Parish Centre
standing room only in Beeston

UPDATE: South Leeds Life reader Kathi Willson sent us these photos of the torch going from the John Charles Centre up towards Dewsbury Road. Thanks Kathi!

Leaving John Charles Stadium to Derwsbury Road. Photo: Kathi Willson
The torch heads up towards Dewsbury Road from the John Charles Centre. Photo: Kathi Willson

UPDATE: John Baron reports hundreds of cheering people lined Tempest Road this morning to welcome the flame, creating a warm atmosphere. The folks from Hamara gave out Union Flag gigft boxes and flags to children, while Trinity Methodist members handed out free water. Music came from the Hamara Centre.

Crowds line the streets on Tempest Road. Photo: John Baron

UPDATE: Eve Tidswell from the Friends of Holbeck Cemetery captured the moment the torch went past campaigners fighting to get South Leeds Sports Centre – which closed in 2010 – reopened. Campaigners were outside the entrance to Cross Flatts Park and wore t-shirts asking how many future Olympians would come from Beeston and Holbeck given the lack of facilities in the area.

Olympic torch save our pool
The torch passes the ‘Save our Pool’ campaigners. Photo: Eve Tidswell
The Olympic Torch appraches Holbeck Cemetery. Photo: Eve Tidswell.

UPDATE: This just out from local charity Health For All:  “Rocky Whitehead, who works with the ACE Project in Holbeck, has just carried the Olympic Torch past the co-op in Beeston. It will be on Look North tonight BBC1 at 6.30pm if you want to see him do his bit. Congratulations Rocky!”

UPDATE: Alison Neale was at the junction of Tempest Road with Beeston Road when she took these photographs of the cavalcade and torchbearer Steven Tomlinson, son of Rothwell’s late Jane Tomlinson:

The torch is transferred from one torchberarer to another at the junction of Tempest Road and Beeston Road. Photo: Alison Neale
Torchbearer Stephen Tomlinson on Tempest Road. Photograph: Alison Neale
The ‘torch train’ comes up Tempest Road. Photo; Alison Neale:

UPDATE: This photo from Lynne Spirrett, who was in the Old Run Road area of Hunslet:

The torch makes its way throughg south Leeds this morning. Photo: Lynne Spirrett

9.50am: Jason Slack reports: 7:43am the Olympic torch made it’s closest pass to the Hunslet Club, heading nearby on Church Street. (we reckon they chose the route in our honour!) Here’s the moment when hundreds lined the street early in the morning to see it whizz by, including a few Hunslet Club members seen he:


7am: Today the Olympic Torch is coming through Hunslet and Beeston as part of the Leeds leg of its journey across the country.

The Olympic Torch is coming to South Leeds on Monday!

And south Leeds is going to be rocking!

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.

It’s hoped we’ll literally have thousands lining the streets today. There’s a whole raft of community events going on, from breakfast barbecues to Olympic fun days and an Olympic torch mass cheerleading dance at the John Charles Centre – you can find more details here.

We’ll be tweeting live from the event – follow us on @southleedslife. We’ll be using the #olympictorch hashtag. We’ve also got a team of wonderful community reporters taking photos along the route.

Paul Ibbotson will be at the  John Charles Centre,  Jeremy Morton will be at the top of Cross Flatts Park, Alison Neale will be out and about in Beeston, Jason Slack is covering Hunslet Crossroads, John Baron is on Tempest Road, Eve Tidswell is outside Holbeck cemetery, Lynne Spirrett is on Old Run Road and Deacon Al Henry is on Balm Road. 

If you see us, don’t be shy – come and say hello!

We’ll be updating this thread throughout the morning with photographs and coverage of the event as soon as we have them. Don’t forget you can share your photos of today by emailing them to or  sharing them on our Flickr group pool.

For details of road closures in south Leeds as a result of today’s event, click here.

Here’s a basic map of the route around South Leeds:


One Reply to “Thread: Olympic torch in Beeston and Hunslet – UPDATED”

  1. the olympic torch was a good moment for me as im only 13 i was dancing at the olmpic torch with dazl diamonds thanks for coming to the john charles center for sport 🙂

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