London 2012 Inspire Mark
Name: London 2012 Inspire Mark
Description: London 2012 Inspire Mark
Contributor: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Rights: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
From 27th July to 12th August, the London 2012 Games will attract attention to the world’s most prestigious sporting events from across the nation and across the globe. However, we also have plenty to celebrate closer to home, here in West Yorkshire. Our region is home to some of the best sporting clubs and the most dedicated players and supporters.

For the past two years, the West Yorkshire Archive Service has been working with sports fans and players to create a fascinating collection of memories. Made possible with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, interviews have been carried out with Bradford Bulls, Bradford City, Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Wakefield Wildcats. All these memories are now available online at where you can learn more about the rich history of West Yorkshire’s sporting clubs and the passion instilled in their fans and players.


The West Yorkshire Archive Service has also created a gallery of images from the stages of the Olympic Torch Relay that took place across our region. The gallery titled ‘The West Yorkshire Big Olympic Flame’ has been put together with photographs taken from members of the public and local organisations. These images were tweeted to @wyorksarchives or contributed via Visit to see the whole archive.


Graham Hebblethwaite, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the West Yorkshire Archive Service said: “It is encouraging to see that the West Yorkshire Archive Service can play a part in such an important national event as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Sporting Heroes project has given us the opportunity to showcase our region’s rich sporting landscape.”


Councillor said: “Sport plays such a big in lives of West Yorkshire people and it is great to see that we can promote this fascinating part of our culture. Through the collection of fans’ and players’ memories, we can record the history of sport in West Yorkshire for generations to come.”


If you would like to contribute a memory towards the Sporting Heroes collection, the West Yorkshire Archive Service would love to hear from you. Please call Rachel on (0113) 393 9775 or e-mail During this historic year, there has been no better opportunity to promote West Yorkshire sport and what we have to offer.