Olympic Torch Relay

Hundreds of specially chosen torchbearers and celebrities will carry the Olympic torch on its journey through the North.

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The torch relay continued into York Tonight

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.

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Harvey Smith to ride Olympic torch into York on a horse

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.

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