Leeds & West Yorkshire

London 2012: Olympic torch to go through Leeds Victoria Quarter

The Victoria Quarter
Image caption The Victoria Quarter celebrated its 20th birthday last year

A torchbearer will run through Leeds's Victoria Quarter with the Olympic flame when it comes to West Yorkshire next year, it has been announced.

During three days in June 2012 the torch will visit 25 places in the area.

The procession will first visit Boston Spa, Wetherby and Harewood on 19 June and will return to the area on 24 and 25 June.

There will be celebratory events in Leeds on 24 June, when the torch will stay in the city overnight.

The Victoria Quarter, which opened in 1990, was designed by architect Frank Matcham.

He used marbles, mosaics, cast and wrought iron and carved wood to create two streets, two arcades and the Empire Theatre, which is now Harvey Nichols.

A torchbearer will carry the Olympic flame through the centre on 25 June.

The torch will also visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton, near Wakefield, on that day.

Thousands of torch bearers are being recruited for the flame's 70-day journey across the UK before the opening ceremony in London.

The Olympic flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on 18 May 2012.

The relay will begin at Land's End, Cornwall, on Saturday, 19 May and end on Friday, 27 July in the Olympic Stadium.

It is estimated it will be carried 8,000 miles.

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