Why the 2012 Games medal parade should be in Yorkshire, not London
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has started to reveal details of the parade to be held to honour British success at the 2012 Games.
We know the date: Monday 10 September. We know roughly the number of athletes taking part: 850.
We also know that the BOA wants to see as many people as possible turning out to watch - including children, who it hopes will be allowed to skip school to attend.
And we know the location. Unsurprisingly, but perhaps unhappily, it is London.
Unsurprising, because London is the host city of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is the capital of the UK, and is self-evidently capable of hosting enormous public events, such as a royal wedding or a jubilee.
Unhappily, because it is predictable and also unnecessary.
There is no conventional or contractual reason why the parade has to take place in London.
There is no law that dictates an official celebration of national achievement should only take place in the nation's capital.
There is also no reason to confine such a celebration to people who live and work in one corner of the UK - a corner that has already been flattered with a remarkable two weeks of sporting endeavour and spectacle.
If the parade has to take place in just one part of the country, why not Yorkshire: the region that has supplied the most number of medal-winners in the whole of the United Kingdom?
So far Yorkshire has been responsible for six golds, including Sheffield's Jessica Ennis in the heptathlon and Leeds' Alistair Brownlee in the men's triathlon. This represents around 25% of the British team's total haul of golds.
The county has also delivered two silvers and three bronzes.
The complete medal haul from Yorkshire puts it at 12th place in the medal table, ahead of the likes of Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Jamaica.
Other Yorkshire medallists include Lizzie Armitstead, from Otley, who won a silver in the women's cycling road race; Nicola Wilson, from Northallerton, who won silver in the team eventing competition; and rower Tom Ransley, who lives in York and rows for York City Rowing Club, who was part of the British men's eight crew which won bronze.
Other areas of the UK have distinguished themselves, most notably the nation of Scotland, which has so far picked up 10 medals.
There's no reason there can't be a nationwide celebration, involving visits by medal winners from both the Olympic and Paralympic Games to all corners of the UK.
But there's something about the idea of Yorkshire staging a grand medal parade that seems wonderfully fitting.
Yorkshire has a fine tradition for mounting stirring outdoor parades, full of colour and music and emotion.
The scenery, both town and countryside, is spectacular. Imagine the parade making its way from the ancient streets of York, across the North York Moors, and finishing in glorious style on the coast at Whitby.
People would flock from across the country, because they would know they all stood a chance of seeing the parade - unlike in London, where only a fraction of the crowd (those who arrive at the crack of dawn) will be in with a clear view.
Why not make the parade into a two or three-day festival? That way the county would benefit from a massive influx of visitors, most of them staying overnight, resulting in a huge boost to the local economy.
And think of how it would change our collective view of the nation. Rather than everyone beating a weary path to London for yet another slow, shuffle around all-too-familiar landmarks, we would congregate curiously in a region brimming with fresh treats and undiscovered delights.
Perhaps we would finally realise not everything that is important in the UK happens in the south-east of England.
If you need any further persuading, just ask anyone from Yorkshire why they should host the parade. Their answer? "Because it bloody should!"
msn writes 'perhaps we would finalyy realise not everything that is important in the UK happens in the south-east of England'
Hip Hip, Hoorah,hip, hip, hoo-bloody-rah.
The penny has dropped.
England goes further north than the M25
The UK is also called Great Britain and includes England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
People live all over the place, not just in the city of London
From a Brit and an 'O'narary Yorkshireman' now living abroad.......Could not agree more.
Extremely well deserved honour for the County. And the welcome for visitors would be nothing short of champion.....
Thanks Dave for reminding us what London gives us. An Endless supply of gobshytes.
Fair enough Yorkshire have won medals, and also agree that Yorkshire is a great place. I am from Essex and i am going to Whitby for a week on Sunday as my in laws are from around that area. However London is the capital and the financial powerhouse of the country, it is where the olympics were held so it should have at least some of the parade their. How about a parade in London that travels up to Yorkshire and then onto Scotland? Maybe take in places like Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff? Could be a week long celebration.
WHERE'S YORKSHIRE ????????
ITS UP NORTH SOMEWHERE ISN'T IT ????
HALF THE PEASANTS IN THE SOUTH EAST DON'T EVEN KNOW ITS IN ENGLAND.
WE AREN'T POSH ENOUGH FOR THEM TO VENTURE PAST WATFORD GAP BUT THEY WANT TO ADD OUR MEGA TALLY TO THEIR TINY CLUTCH SO THEY CAN SAY DIDN'T WE DO WELL........STUFF THEM.......WE'VE DONE SO WELL WE HAVE ENOUGH TALENT AND CLOUT NOW TO SEEK INDEPENDANCE
WE COULD PUT ON A DECENT SHOW FOR 1/10TH OF THE BRASS THEY WILL SQUANDER ON AN EVENT THAT FRUGAL TYKES WONT BE INTERESTED IN
"YORKS"...........YORKSHIRE OLYMPIANS REPEL KRUDDY SOUTHERNFEST
obviously should be in Yorkshire, why should them southern fairies have everything!!
i think we should have a it up north, and also make it three days, but not everyone will be able to get there as us that work in shops, can not get the time off as our hoilday are book a year ahead so there will be a lot off people that would like to go but cant xx
Why is there even any debate. London hosts the Olympics and has the closing ceremony already sorted. All you have to do is parade the GB winners around the WHOLE country including t'north :) and therefore as a country we can all celebrate these record achievments. SIMPLES !
Has it not occurred to you, or other authorities, that any town or city could have its own parade to honour their athletes after the London parade if they believe thats what they deserve? The remark that Yorshire has produced some great sportsmen and women. Don't belittle their achievments by being so narrow in your outlook.
I am a Londoner, but let's face it, the argument for the parade being in Yorkshire is absolutely logical. And anyway, London business and traffic have been bogged down due to the olympics far to badly. YES! YORKSHIRE!