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    AngryandFrustrated wrote:
    As I posted yesterday, I am a big fan of the Olympics and cannot wait for them to start. However, I cannot remember seeing mass hysteria on a nationwide scale like this since Princess Di died. I have no idea why!

    I get the pride that many of the runners have - at the end of the day they have done good deeds that have been rightly rewarded by giving them this honour. (By honour, I mean being picked from 1000s of hopefuls). I also get that kids like days off school to shout and cheer and take part in dance competitions. However, I have 2 MAJOR objections to the hullaballoo surrounding the relay.

    Firstly, it is the shameless advertising of the sponsers and the fact that the sponsers themselves have runners participating all over the country - they have done nothing worthy at all except work for one of the corporate sponsers - perhaps a reward for meeting a sales target or some glitzy competition winner.

    Secondly, and most importantly, is the cost at a time when vital services are being cut, both nationally and locally. For example - Beckfield Lane tip. Closed due to cutbacks. It did benefit an entire section of York's population. Care budgets, cut back. NHS in York having to ration treatment, need I go on? Can anybody point to the long term benefit of having this circus in town? No I thought not.

    I had the misfortune of being held back twice on my way to work this morning whilst the "support convoy" was taken, in 2 tranches it was that big, up the A19. Every NYP bike in the force must have been in York as there were at least 15 of them - good job they weren't needed on the roads attending a serious accident. Cost?! There were numerous buses, cars and sponsors vehicles, all of which will have been coddled and cosseted by our fair city. At what cost?!

    I am not having a bah humbug moment. If the country was awash with money,I would have no problem with the bit of frivolity, the torch brings. However, the country is broke, York is broke and yet our resources appear to have contributed to the ongoing advertisement of a certain brown fizzy drink. Outrageous! But you know what the saying is - fools and their money are easily parted - says a lot about our esteemed Council leaders!!!””
    Beckfield Lane did not have to shut at all and has nothing to do with government cutbacks and more to do with the stupidity and hubris of the current administration.

    Watch a while and wait for them to sell the site for housing and make a fast buck that will disappear quickly. They've got form for this - remember them trying to sell off Union Terrace?"
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Crowds in York bid farewell to Olympic Torch

Crowds in York bid farewell to Olympic Torch

The Olympic Torch boards Scots Guardsman at the National Railway Museum as it leaves York.

Jessica Hoggarth, a pupil of All Saints School hands over the Olympic Torch after her run from York Minster.

Jessica Hoggarth, a pupil of All Saints School holds the Olympic Torch after it was re-lit outside York Minster

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News Western Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , richard.catton@thepress.co.uk

The Olympic flame left York this morning to the sound of cheering crowds at the National Railway Museum (NRM).

After setting out from the Minster at 7.44am the torch was carried to the NRM , where it left for Thirsk on board the Scots Guardsman.

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