‘Firestarters’

Leeds Olympic Torchbearers 2012

 
Following up on the immense success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Community History Team at the Discovery Centre has been working on a film project to capture a sample of the Leeds 2012 Olympic Torchbearers stories. This years’ sporting event captured the hearts of many people all over the country and the Torch Relay was a huge part of the build up.


(behind the scenes image of film shoot with Paul and Ollie) 



(Simon Brown)
(behind the scenes image of film shoot with Paul and Ollie) 



The Torch came to Leeds from Manchester on Day 37, June 24th and left Leeds to go to Sheffield on Day 38, June 25th. During those two days a number of outstanding individuals, nominated by the local community, carried the torch through Leeds.
The Community History Team wanted to find out who these people were and why they were chosen. Over two days filming, we interviewed eight Torchbearers, who all had different personal stories to tell.



(Francis Edwards)
(behind the scenes image of film shoot with Paul and Ollie) 



(Yvonne Crowther)
(behind the scenes image of film shoot with Paul and Ollie) 
This film and a selection of objects, with Leeds links, from the 2012 Games will be displayed at the City Museum later this year and accessioned into the Leeds Museums & Galleries Collections.
Author: Marek Romaniszyn (Assistant Curator of Community History)



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