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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 what the saying is - fools and their money are easily parted - says a lot about our esteemed Council leaders!!!
    Not as much as this says about you!"
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Thousands turn out to see Olympic torch in York

Thousands turn out to see Olympic torch in York

Luke Young carries the Olympic torch along Shamble

Crowds watch Richard Baldwin passing Clifford’s Tower

Crowds cheer as the torch makes its way along Ousegate

Torch bearers in Bishopthorpe Road

First published in London Olympics 2012 - Latest News by

THOUSANDS of cheering spectators lined the streets of York as the Olympic torch relay made its way through the city.

Glorious sunshine added to the carnival atmosphere as one-by-one, the lucky few chosen to carry the flame made their way from York College in Tadcaster Road, along the Bar Walls, through the city centre and on to Knavesmire, where the flame was carried on horseback by Olympic showjumper Harvey Smith.

The torch arrived in York late yesterday afternoon and was escorted by a 200-strong team of cyclists, all dressed in red.

One of those to ride with the flame was Anna Hogan, 27, who said she and her fellow riders were “very excited.”

“We are proud to be British and proud to ride through York,” she said.

Caroline Rose, a spectator whose Bishopthorpe Road home was on the route of the torch said: “It’s very exciting. The atmosphere is brilliant and there has been perfect weather.”

Jean Haw, 75, from Fulford, whose husband Terry is due to run with the torch in Aiskew, near Bedale, today said: “I am here today to do some practise cheering. The atmosphere is wonderful.”

In the centre of York, hundreds gathered at the corner of Shambles and Pavement, many waving Union Flags, as a band played tunes such as Land Of Hope And Glory and Danny Boy outside St Crux Church. Some onlookers even climbed a nearby tree to secure a better view.

Glenn Marshall, 41, from Fulford, said: “It’s a massive day for York to be playing a part in the Olympics and it's great to see so many people out to see the torch.”

Naomi Cullen, 29, from Haxby, said: “Everybody who’s been here to see the torch will be able to tell their children about the day it came to York and show them the pictures years down the line.

“Seeing everybody cheering and smiling shows what the Olympics are about and how it means much more than sport.”

Susan Peters, 66, from Holgate, likened the occasion to the Pope’s visit to York in 1982 because of the feeling of “togetherness and happiness” in the city.

She said: “However far the torch goes around the country, I bet it will not get as big a welcome as it has had in Yorkshire.”

In Selby, fire-breathers and local choirs entertained the crowds, which included hundreds of schoolchildren as well as residents and local workers, ahead of the arrival of the torch procession.

Metropolitan Police outriders waved to the crowds and sponsors handed out drinks and flags to supporters, while official Olympic staff whipped up cheers and shouts from those gathered near the Abbey and in Gowthorpe.

After a brief stop at Selby High School, the procession moved along the A63 through Monk Fryston.

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