Olympic torch route announced

THE route to be taken by the Olympic torch as it makes its way through the Whitby region has been announced.

On 18 June the torch will leave Hinderwell at 9am and head down the coast to Lythe, down the Sandsend Road, into Whitby and on to a North Yorkshire Moors Railway train to Pickering.

Sebastian Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch relay to life.

“The Flame symbolises the Olympic sprit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it the borough of Scarborough’s moment to shine.”

Scarborough Borough Council, lobbied for two years to bring the Torch to the region, but had no final say on the route, confirmed the streets the Olympic Flame will be carried along:

Hinderwell

9.01am – Hinderwell Lane (from junction with West End Close) onto High Street, then Station Road (as far as the junction with Browns Terrace)

Lythe

9.13am – High Street (from Lythe town signs), Lythe Bank, Sandsend Road (as far as junction with Meadow Field) Whitby

9.40am – Sandsend Road (from junction with Love Lane), Upgang Lane, Chubb Hill, Bagdale, Langbourne Road to Whitby Railway Station where the Olympic Flame will then be carried on a North Yorkshire Moors Railway train to Pickering.

Check out Friday’s Gazette for more details and reaction to the announcement of the Flame’s route and the Torchbearers.