Calderdale folk urged to support Olympic visitors

The Olympic Torch
The Olympic Torch

THE Mayor of Calderdale is asking residents to play a key role in the “unforgettable spectacle” designed to mark the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

The iconic symbol of the games will be carried through the streets of Brighouse and Halifax on Sunday, June 24, on its way to the Olympic Stadium.

Councillor Nader Fekri said he wanted communities, families and schools to help make it a day to remember by lining the streets, waving flags and banners, wearing fancy dress with painted faces, making music, or in other creative ways such as decorating their school, house or garden.

“Help showcase Calderdale and all it has to offer,” said Coun Fekri.

“I am really proud of our many cultures in Calderdale and encourage all our communities to line the streets to give the warmest welcome to the Olympic Flame on this historic occasion.

“Many groups and organisations hosting their own Olympic themed activities, including diving lessons, contemporary dance and sport science workshops and even a mini Olympic Games in Brighouse.

“While this is very much a case of come along, find a spot and share the atmosphere style event, we do want to hear from anyone who may be considering their own events so we can advise and help as appropriate,” he said.

Organisers are asked to contact Calderdale Council on 01422 384796 or email calderdalegold@calderdale.gov.uk with their ideas.

While the majority of roads on the Olympic Flame route are expected to remain open as normal, some temporary restrictions will be put in place and the police will be temporarily stopping traffic to enable the Flame convoy to pass.

A map of the route is available on the council’s website.

To keep up to date with the Olympic Flame Relay, go to www.london2012.com.