Olympic torch cost £639 a minute through Northampton

Olympic Torch relay Northampton
Olympic Torch relay Northampton

The Olympic Torch relay through Northampton town centre cost £639 a minute, figures have revealed.

A Freedom of Information request made to Northampton Borough Council has shown the 50-minute relay, which was held on July 2 last year, cost a total of £31,956 or £10.65 a second.

The cost included charges for such things as a health and safety consultant, uniforms and security.

But the council’s cabinet member for community engagement, Councillor Brandon Eldred (Con, East Hunsbury) said it was worth every penny.

He said: “Getting the torch in Northampton was something we couldn’t pass up. We were privileged to have it and there’s no regret on our part.

“I was quite happy to spend this sort of money to make sure it went ahead.”

The torch relay saw a total of 15 torchbearers run through the town centre with the iconic flame.

It began in Sixfields shortly after 10am and finished in Becket’s Park less than an hour later. Those chosen to carry the flame through the town included young sportsmen and women and charity workers.

The possible cost of the relay was questioned at the time of the event, but when the Chron asked members of the 46,000-strong crowd in the town centre, the vast majority supported it.

The full cost of the Olympic Torch relay through Northampton has now been revealed.
The cost was revealed after a Freedom of Information request was made to Northampton Borough Council by a member of the public.
The full cost of the event on July 2 last year was £31,956.
This included:

Security: £12,749

Equipment hire: £8,910

Advertising: £4,593

Printing: £1,973

General Works: £1,793

Professional services: £1,250

Health & Safety consultant: £556

Uniforms: £132
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) provided £14,799 towards the Northampton event.
Following the contribution made by LOCOG, Northampton Borough Council was left with a bill for £17,157.