Where to see the Olympic flame in Yorkshire next week

14-year-old Stephen Tomlinson with the torch his mum Jane carried for the Athens games
14-year-old Stephen Tomlinson with the torch his mum Jane carried for the Athens games
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Spectators will line the streets of West Yorkshire as the Olympic flame returns to the region on Sunday before heading to the south of the county.

The torch is expected to arrive in New Hey Road, Huddersfield, shortly before noon.

Crowds will be able to see it as it is carried by torchbearers down Trinity Street, passing Greenhead Park, crossing the ring road and into the town centre.

A convoy will take it to Brighouse where it will be paraded around the town, before moving on to Halifax, where the best place to see it will be the Piece Hall.

From there, it will be taken to Bradford where crowds are expected to gather in Centenary Square to witness the spectacle.

It will then pass to Ilkley via Keighley and Skipton, where the high streets are among the best places to catch a glimpse.

From Ilkley it will travel to Leeds, taking in Headingley, Potternewton, Harehills and Richmond Hill.

Along the way it will stop off for a quick tour of Headingley’s Carnegie Stadium and cricket ground, and its day will end at the major overnight celebration event to be held at Temple Newsam Estate.

Early the next morning, the flame’s journey resumes from Leeds Town Hall, and travels through the city centre taking in The Headrow, Millennium Square, Briggate and County Arcade before heading to the Royal Armouries.

It will also pass over Leeds Bridge before heading to Hunslet, stopping at the John Charles Centre for Sport for a lap of the track.

It then passes through Beeston and Leeds United’s Elland Road home before heading through Morley and out of the city.

From Leeds, it will travel via Batley and Dewsbury to Wakefield.

It will pass Wakefield Girls High School, travelling in front of Wakefield College before passing through Jubilee Gardens in front of County Hall. It then travels past the town hall as it makes its way to the Hepworth Gallery.

Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said, “This is a great opportunity to shine a light on the district and show everyone what the Wakefield district has to offer. This is also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for residents to see the Olympic flame and witness the spectacle of the Olympic torch relay.” From Wakefield city centre, it will travel to Castleford, Pontefract and Ackworth and then into Barnsley where good vantage points will be at the town hall or college.

In Sheffield, its next stop, spectators can see the torch in the city’s Hillsborough Park.

Crowds are expected as the flame passes a street party outside Sheffield Children’s Hospital, on Glossop Road and Ecclesall Road before it arrives at Barker’s Pool.

On Tuesday it will make its way to Rotherham, where the best place to see it will be in Clifton Park, then into Doncaster before heading into Lincolnshire.