Spen Valley snubbed by Olympic torch relay route organisers

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THE Spen Valley has been left out in the cold by Olympic Torch relay route organisers.

Towns within the Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley area will be able to welcome the Olympic torch as it is passes through on June 24 and 25 next year.

But the route will not pass through any of the towns and villages in the Spen Valley - despite a strong campaign for it to be part of the route, in the same year as the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprising.

The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall, on May 19, and travel 8,000 miles around the UK.

The route was devised by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Kirklees leg was put together in consultation with Kirklees Council.

Council leader Coun Mehboob Khan said: “I am particularly delighted the torch will pass through both North and South Kirklees which recognises our efforts to ensure communities across Kirklees can get involved in this historic event first hand.”

For the full story see Friday’s paper.

• WHAT do you think? Should Kirklees Council have fought to bring the torch to the Spen Valley or are you happy to go elsewhere to see it? Contact reporter Lauren Ballinger at l.ballinger@ywng.co.uk.