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Lord Coe, the man in charge of the London Olympics, will be in North Yorkshire today (Wednesday) to see the Olympic Torch. He will officially open the new Richmond School before the relay passes through the grounds around lunchtime.
The Olympic Torch has received another warm welcome from thousands of people on another busy relay day in our region.
The torch arrived to the now familiar rousing reception in Knaresborough, an unusual display of gymnastics in Harrogate and a rather more traditional greeting in the city of Ripon.
Tonight, huge crowds watched former Olympic Showjumper and racehorse trainer Harvey Smith light the celebration cauldron at York Racecourse, the climax of the days festivities.
The Olympic Torch excitement has continued from the moment the journey began in Middlesbrough today. The torch then headed to the coast at Saltburn before moving onto Whitby.
Thousands turned out to cheer it on and witness dozens of special moments, including a marriage proposal.
The Olympic showjumper and racehorse trainer Harvey Smith will carry the Olympic torch on horseback in York tomorrow night. He will ride the final furlong of York Racecourse and then dismount to light a cauldron where the flame will stay for the night.
Harvey Smith was born in Yorkshire and competed in the Olympics in Mexico 1968 and Munich in 1972. He will ride Paddy, a seven year old showjumper who could be an Olympic contender of the future. It is expected that 24,000 local people will watch the celebration event in the city.
Mayor Cllr John Freeman has said that given the choice they would have had more local torchbearers.
He said the torch route didn't take advantage of the best photo opportunities - but he was pleased with the numbers in Whitby.