THE Olympic torch will be burning brightly around Sheffield this summer - and today it has been revealed which city streets the flame will be carried along on its journey around the UK.
Thousands of people are expected to line the route as the flame is held aloft by specially-chosen torchbearers, and exciting events are also planned to mark the momentous occasion.
The torch will arrive in Sheffield on Monday, June 25, beginning at Chapeltown and heading to Ecclesfield before being carried to Hillsborough.
Spectators will then cheer on the torchbearers as the flame travels along Penistone Road and Glossop Road to Ecclesall, finishing up at Barker’s Pool for a free evening of celebrations.
The next day, the torch will continue on its journey to Rotherham, starting at Attercliffe and heading to Templeborough, through the town centre and on to Dalton and Thrybergh.
Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said the torch’s visit will be ‘the culmination of years of hard work’ to put the city ‘firmly on the sporting map’.
“The impact of the Olympic Games extends well beyond London, and Sheffield has been a perfect example of a city that has grasped every opportunity with both hands,” she said.
“We also want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to some truly inspirational local people who will be carrying the torch along its journey.”
Carrying the torch through the city will be 18-year-old Carys Hall, from Gleadless, a keen athletics fan who has volunteered at many sporting events in Sheffield.
Other torchbearers will be disabled rugby player and Doncaster primary school assistant James Needham, who was confined to a wheelchair aged seven following a car accident, and writer Debjani Chatterjee, who set up a ‘poetry corridor’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital while serving as its poet-in-residence.
Carys said it was ‘amazing’ to be chosen as a torchbearer, while James said it was a ‘huge honour’.
Highlights of the route through Sheffield include a community event at Hillsborough Park, as well as celebrations in the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square and on Devonshire Green.
Barker’s Pool will host a two-hour entertainment show, culminating in the lighting of a cauldron marking the end of the day’s proceedings.
Carrying the torch through Rotherham will be Caroline Waugh, who learned to cycle on a special trike after suffering brain damage, and Diana Swanson, a community worker who helps local carers.
Barnsley’s torchbearing line-up features former Olympic sprinter Dorothy Hyman, from Cudworth, who was once one of the fastest female athletes in the world.
The torch will be in Barnsley just hours before it reaches Sheffield, starting at Lundwood and passing through Cundy Cross, stopping at Barnsley College and travelling towards Darton.