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.
St James' Park prepares to host Olympic football matches, bring the 2012 games to the North East.
Your guide to the torch relay
Thousands turned out to see the Olympic flame carried through North Yorkshire.