1. ITV Report

What your council spent on the Olympic torch relay

Torchbearer Edward Roberts carries the Olympic Flame on a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge in July 2012. Photo: Danny Lawson/LOCOG/Press Association Images

It was a celebration unlike any other ever seen in this country.

As the Olympic torch weaved its way gradually to almost every corner of the host nation, crowds took to the streets to wave, cheer and be part of the once-in-a-lifetime event.

There were huge differences in the amount of money each council spent on the event in their area ranging, in the Anglia region, from £1,200 in Northampton to £134,000 in the Peterborough city area.

Corporate sponsors clamoured to have their brand associated with the "greatest show on earth". But local authorities played their part too, organising road closures and holding celebratory events to run long into the evening the torch graced their streets.

Figures obtained by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act reveal what each council spent when the torch came through their area.

This is the list of spending in the Anglia region:

  • £16,240 - Bedford
  • £50,784 - Cambridgeshire
  • £49,902 - Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex - not available
  • Hertfordshire - not available
  • £42,345 - Lincolnshire
  • £67,000 - Luton
  • £8,592 - Milton Keynes
  • £35,256 - Norfolk
  • £1,246 - Northampton
  • £134,034 - Peterborough
  • £27,809 - Southend-on-Sea
  • £2,836 - Suffolk
  • £42,227 - Thurrock