Big Screen Headingley
Name: Big Screen Headingley
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This is a collection of photographs following the Olympic Torch on its journey through West Yorkshire. Images were collected via a Twitter Campaign and contributions directly to the Now Then website.

In July 2012, as part of a nationwide relay celebrating the London 2012 Olympics, the flame of Olympic Torch made its way through West Yorkshire. The West Yorshire Archive Service sent out a call on Twitter asking for photographs to be tweeted capturing this journey. On Sunday July 24th 2012 first stop in West Yorkshire was the Huddersfield suburb of Marsh then on to Huddersfield itself. It followed onto be greeted in Bradford via stops at Brighouse and Halifax. The Torch carried on to Keighley and onwards through the Yorkshire countryside taking in Skipton and Ilkey. After this it made its way down to Leeds and an expectant crowd at the famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium. The Torch headed through the East of the city on its way to the official evening celebration at Temple Newsam. Leeds paid host overnight to the Olympic Torch where it set off on Day 37 of the Official Relay Route from Leeds Town Hall, making its way through the centre of Leeds and onwards to the towns of Morley, Batley and Dewsbury before arriving in Wakefield taking time to go to The Hepworth Gallery. On its final leg through West Yorksire the Torch was greeted at Castleford and Pontefract before stopping off at its final West Yorkshire destination in Ackworth.

The West Yorkshire Archive Service gathered images from the general public via Twitter and this website. They do not cover all the areas visited by the Torch Relay in West Yorkshire. We welcome the addition of any photographs you might have or know of, via the Contribute section of this website.

The West Yorkshire Big Olympic Flame campaign was created as part of the Sporting Heroes project run by the West Yorkshire Archive Service. In the run-up to and during the London 2012 Games, Sporting Heroes aims to create a fascinating collection of supporters' and players' memories across all major West Yorkshire sporting teams. View what we've gathered so far by visiting the Collections page to search by club name. The Sporting Heroes project was awarded the Inspire Mark by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in May 2011 and again in January 2012.