Town is rolling out the green carpet for the Olympic flame

Commercial Street, Brighouse
Commercial Street, Brighouse

A business group will pay to have Brighouse’s main street turfed to mark the visit of the Olympic torch.

Commercial Street will be covered by 100 metres of lush grass when the flame passes through the town on Sunday June 24.

Lanes will then be painted on to the turf to provide the perfect venue for an Olympic-themed sports day.

All schools in Brighouse have been invited to take part, which could involve as many as 2,000 children, and there will also be a demonstration of a blind football match.

The turf, which comes in 1m x 13m rolls, weighing a ton each, will be provided by Grasslands Turf and Topsoil in Bingley.

The project is being funded by Brighouse Business Initiative and will cost £2,340.

Lesley Adams, chair of Brighouse Business Initiative, said she thought the scheme would give the people of Brighouse a lasting memory of the day the famous flame visited the town.

“We came up with the sports day idea to go along with the Olympic theme, but we thought that just running on Tarmac might be a bit hard,” she said.

“We looked at putting astroturf down at first but that was going to be too expensive.

“Then I spoke to Grasslands and they did us a really good deal because the owner is from Brighouse,” she said.

The workmen will arrive in town at 4am and will spend five hours laying the turf before the games begin.

The torch will begin the Brighouse leg of its journey in Bradford Road and Huddersfield Road before it enters the town centre on Bethel Street, before going to Briggate and the end of Commercial Street, before using Gooder Street to reach Halifax Road and then Half House Lane.

It will then go on to Halifax.

“The convoy won’t be on the grass – that area will remain free for use by those taking part in the sports day,” said Lesley. “We want the shops to stay open and we’re hoping to have some food stalls and a beer tent set up too.”

After the procession the grass will be picked up ready for the town centre to return to normal the following morning.

Calderdale Council confirmed that Commercial Street will be closed to allow the celebration to take place.

“Hopefully this will be a lasting legacy for Brighouse and something that people will look back on with fond memories in years to come,” said Lesley.