Plea for people to watch Olympic Torch procession

People in Boston Spa and Wetherby are being encouraged to line the streets to watch the Olympic Torch pass through the area later this month.

As part of its tour around the country before the Games open in London, the Olympic Torch will be coming to Boston Spa and Wetherby on Tuesday 19 June.

In Boston Spa, four torch bearers will carry the torch down the High Street (A659) from the junction of Ashfield Paddock, to the junction with Clifford Moor Road.

The torch will then be taken to Wetherby, where five torch bearers will carry it down York Road (junction of Privas Way) to North Street and High Street to the Wetherby Road roundabout, before it is taken to its next destination in Harewood.

Over 1,000 school children and staff are expected to come out to watch the Torch, and local councillors say people of all ages should hit the streets to see a piece of history.

Councillor Alan Lamb (Conservative, Wetherby ward) said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to be part of the Olympic celebrations this summer.

“It sends a clear message that the Games are not just a London affair, but rather something that the whole country can get involved in and enjoy.

“I hope that as many people will line the streets and take part in this historic occasion.”

Councillor John Procter (Conservative, Wetherby ward) said: “It’s great to see that the Torch is coming to Boston Spa and Wetherby as part of its journey to the Games.

“I’m pleased that local schools are getting involved and I’m sure children will get a lot out of the day.

“But this is an event that’s open to everyone, and I want to encourage people of all ages to line the route.”

Councillor Gerald Wilkinson (Conservative, Wetherby ward) added: “The sense of anticipation for the Olympics is building, but with the Torch actually passing through Wetherby and Boston Spa, the final count-down to the start of the Games is well and truly underway. This really is a once in a lifetime chance to see the Torch, and it’s one I’m sure local people won’t want to miss.”

Look out for more on the Olympic Torch route in the Wetherby News on Thursday June 14.