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The Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch came to the National Park

A torch bearer holding the Olympic Torch aloft at Aysgarth Falls The Olympic Torch at Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale

The Olympic Torch arrived at Aysgarth at 12noon on day 33 (20 June - York to Carlisle) of the relay on its journey to the Olympic Games 2012 in London.

See photos of the day on our Flickr site. 

On this day the torch also passed through York, Thirsk, Northallerton, Aiskew, Bedale, Aysgarth, Leyburn, Richmond, Barnard Castle, Brough, Appleby, Penrith and Carlisle. It was in Aysgarth for 35 minutes and was carried by three runners.

A number of local school children were invited to the event and many people from the local communities also turned up to cheer the relay.

The Torchbearers

89 year old Maurice Collett, an Olympic torch bearer, running along a country lane 89 year old Maurice Collett carried the Olympic torch through Aysgarth. Picture courtesy of the Westmorland Gazette.
 

Information on the torchbearers for the Aysgarth community and the rest of the relay can be found on www.london2012.com

Maurice Collett, the 89-year-old Kendal man who carried the torch in the Aysgarth Falls stage of the Olympic torch relay, has kindly loaned it to the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. It is part of the free summer exhibition which runs until 4 September 2012.

What else happened on site?

To help celebrate the day, once the Olympic Torch leaft Aysgarth with the Olympic Convoy, there were free drop-in Olympic and Yorkshire Dales National Park-themed activities for families, children, and other visitors to get involved with. These included:

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority‚Äôs Wild Wednesday activities run by staff and Dales Volunteers (boat building (made from bark and other natural resources), and a self-guided trail though Freeholders' Wood)
  • The Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team giving demonstrations (starting at 1.30pm) and handing out information
  • Wensleydale Railway open day in the Wensleydale Railway station yard
  • A live jazz band played at the National Park Centre.

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