Thousands line the streets for Olympic torch relay

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Thousands of people lined the streets to see the Olympic torch as Halifax was lit up for the once in a lifetime event.

Crowds flocked all over the route as the famous flame made its way from Godley Lane to the Piece Hall and out of Halifax towards Bradford.

Estimates suggest that between twenty and thirty thousand people turned out and filled every available space on the route.

Three thousand of those were in the Piece Hall to welcome the flame as it was carried in by Ika Trifisusanti, from Surabaya, Indonesia.

She was welcomed onstage with the torch by Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy to a chorus of cheers from the crowd.

The relay had begun an hour earlier, at around 12.28pm in Brighouse. Commercial street was completely turfed over for the event and mini Olympics was held for young people once the torch had passed through.

Around 1.10pm Chris Green picked up the torch at the top of Godley Lane, Halifax. He was running on behalf of the White Ribbon Campaign which aims to prevent male violence against women.

“It is a real honour to carry the torch,” he said. “The three Olympic ideals are respect, excellence and friendship and I am running to call attention to these.”

Farmer and member of the Halifax Harriers athletics club Frank Chislett carried the torch across the iconic North Bridge.

He passed the flame on to before handing over to Ika Trifisusanti who had the honour of bringing it for the civic ceremony at the Piece Hall.

Calderdale Council head of communities, Robin Tuddenham, was at the ceremony.

He said: “It’s an exciting opportunity to celebrate the role of sport in our lives.

“It’s great to see so many young people from Calderdale getting involved in sport to celebrate the Torch Relay and the London 2012 Games.

“This will create a legacy in the borough for many generations to come.”

Gerry Beamond, from Huddersfield, carried the flame out of Piece Hall and passed it on to Matthew Norton, from Holmfirth.

The torch continued on its route to Bradford and will complete its journey today at Temple Newsam, Leeds, carried by Aaron Bell, 13, from Soyland.