Batley and Dewsbury Olympic torch route map
LOCAL Olympic hopeful Sarah Holt will be one of the torchbearers carrying the Olympic Flame through Batley, it was revealed this week.
The 24-year-old hammer thrower, of Cleckheaton, is competing for a place in this year’s Olympics.
She said: “I’m really excited about carrying the torch for Batley.
“It’s definitely something to look forward to and I think it’s something I’ll always remember. It should be really special.”
Organisers have also announced the route the torch will take when it passes through the town on Monday June 25 – but not everyone is happy with it.
The flame will arrive from Morley by car, before being handed over to the first torchbearer on Timothy Lane in Upper Batley at 9.25am.
It will be brought down Batley Field Hill, across Bradford Road and up Stocks Lane. From there, it will be carried along Mayman Lane, Clerk Green Street and Track Road. The flame will then head down Halifax Road and into Dewsbury.
But Batley MP Mike Wood said it was a shame the route missed the town centre.
He said: “The route through Batley appears to be the most direct route out of town! In fact, it doesn’t even take in the town centre. I hope we can convince the organisers to think again.”
The other torchbearers for the Batley leg are 74-year-old Brenda Thomson, of Bradford, 19-year-old Danny Maynard, of Lancashire, 26-year-old Liam Brentley, of Bradford, and 20-year-old Rachel Haigh, of Leeds.
The Batley procession is part of the torch’s 70-day journey across the UK ahead of the London 2012 games. Elsewhere, Batley man Alexandru Dumitru, 34, was revealed as one of those carrying the torch through Leeds.
The route will pass by a few of Batley’s schools, including Batley Business and Enterprise College and Purlwell Infant and Nursery School.
Purlwell’s acting headteacher Carol Hawley said: “It’s really exciting. The children will be there as a school, waving their flags. I think it will be a great occasion for the community.”
The route also passes the Indian Muslim Welfare Society’s base at the Al-Hikmah Centre, Track Road.
Centre manager Musa Kazi said: “We’re very excited. All the staff and tenants might just come out and give it a good wave.”
Kirklees Council is keen to hear from groups wanting to put on events along the route.
Contact Martin Gonzalez on 01484 234059 for information.
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