Saturday, 16 June 2012

Late concert ticket chance as Leeds gets set to welcome Olympic Torch

Caption: The iconic Olympic Torch reaches Leeds on Tuesday (image courtesy of LOCOG)

Anyone wishing to attend the once-in-a-lifetime Olympic Torch Relay special city celebration at Temple Newsam in Leeds next weekend has been given a late chance as an extra batch of tickets has been made available.

The free event which takes place at Temple Newsam Estate from 12:30pm on Sunday 25 June is part of Leeds’ celebrations for the visit of the iconic flame through the city on its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games next month.

Organised by Coca-Cola, Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the event will feature live performances by Friendly Fires, Little Comets and Tribes as well as dance troupe Diversity. As part of the show the Olympic Flame itself will arrive and will light a special cauldron on stage.

Tickets had already been issued to those who had registered interest in attending, but a limited number of additional tickets have now been made available. They will be issued on a strictly first-come first-served basis and anyone wishing to secure them can visit and print a ticket themselves or tickets can also be picked up while stocks last from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off Millennium Square along with Morley, Headingley, Otley, Armley, Compton Road, Crossgates, Halton, Garforth, Horsforth, Moor Allerton, Pudsey, Wetherby and Rothwell libraries.

The special city celebration event will also showcase Leeds talent, with local dancers and volunteers leading a special mass-participation dance while there will also be performances by Leeds Young Authors and a mass sing led by international singer, jazz pianist and choir master Pete Churchill along with over 200 members of local community choirs.

The Olympic Torch Relay will be in Leeds over three days next week – Tuesday 19 June, Sunday 24 June and Monday 25 June, being carried by 55 torchbearers for a total of approximately 17 miles across the city.

On Tuesday it arrives at 11am and travels through Boston Spa, Wetherby and Harewood and then will be celebrated at a lunchtime event at Harewood House before leaving the city just after 1pm.

It then return to Leeds shortly after 5pm on Sunday 24 June travelling through Headingley, Potternewton, Harehills and Richmond Hill as it makes its way to Temple Newsam arriving at the concert, one of only four such major celebration events to be happening in the country, at approximately 7:30pm.

Early the next morning (Monday 25 June) the flame’s journey resumes shortly after 7am 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 and then through Hunslet via the John Charles Centre for Sport and to Beeston past Elland Road before heading through Morley and out of Leeds by approximately 9:30am.

Full details of the timings and maps of the route through Leeds can be seen at, along with information about the community celebrations being held along the route as the flame passes by.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The waiting it almost over for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the world’s most iconic symbols in Leeds. I would encourage everyone in the city to make the most of this chance by attending the celebration event at Temple Newsam, attending one of the community events along the route or standing on the roadside and giving the torch a wonderful reception as it comes past.

“Across the country the reaction to the torch has looked great with big crowds greeting it on its journey, so it would be perfect for everyone in Leeds to come out and make it a really memorable week of celebration.”

To find out how to volunteer and get instructions for the mass dance element of the Temple Newsam event go to For information on how Leeds is getting involved in the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games visit

Notes to editors:

The Temple Newsam Estate special city celebration is presented by Coca-Cola, and will celebrate inspirational Future Flames chosen to carry the Olympic Flame, while encouraging everyone to Move to the Beat of London 2012 through the fusion of music and sport.

The Olympic Torch Relay is being produced by The London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) along with Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

The Olympic Torch Relay is a 70-day tour of the UK, travelling 8,000 miles 12 hours a day with 66 overnight stops around the country en route to London on July 27 2012, where it will light the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium to officially declare the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In total the Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community.


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