WHITBY and a number of surrounding villages are set to be thrust into the international spotlight after it was announced the Olympic Torch will pass through the region on its way to the 2012 Olympic Games.
On Monday 18 June 2012, the torch will be carried through Loftus, Hinderwell, Lythe, Sandsend and Whitby, before taking a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The torch will pass near to Staithes but the Whitby Gazette is currently unable to confirm whether it would actually visit the village.
It will also then be carried through Scarborough and Filey.
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Each community the Olympic Flame passes through are classed as host locations in the build-up to the opening ceremony of the games on 27 July.
Sebastian Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “We are thrilled to confirm that Loftus, Hinderwell, Lythe, Sandsend and Whitby will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame.
“We’re extending an invitation to people in the borough of Scarborough to welcome the Olympic Torch relay during its journey around the UK.
“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across the borough of Scarborough to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
The 70-day torch relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, and will travel 8,000 miles around the UK.
For each of these miles a torchbearer, nominated by their local community, will carry the flame.
The final list of torchbearers will be announced in February 2012, following the receipt of a conditional offer in December.
Coun Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “We are over the moon with this fantastic news, which will mean that so many local people will be able to welcome the Olympic Flame to their communities.
“The fact that the Olympic Flame will be coming through all three of our main towns and other areas as well is more than we could have hoped for and it will give us many opportunities to shine a light on everything that is great about our borough.”
Throughout its journey, over 95% of the UK’s population will be within just ten minutes of the Olympic Flame’s route, and for more details an interactive map is available at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap