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Why the 2012 Games medal parade should be in Yorkshire, not London

By Ian Jones 09/08/2012 15:28

York Minster. Image (C) PA Wire.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.

 

Whitby. Image (C) PA WireThe 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!"

97Comments
10/08/2012 00:25
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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

10/08/2012 00:29
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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.....

10/08/2012 05:49
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Thanks Dave for reminding us what London gives us. An Endless supply of gobshytes.

10/08/2012 00:19
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Scotland has gained more gold medals than Yorkshire and gold puts you higher up the medal table! no offence Yorkshie who have done really well as has  Scotland!  off course you are North of the Watford gap ! there for wont get a mention!!!!!!!  
10/08/2012 06:16
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I remember the Student games in Sheffield in 1990, the Pim drinkers in London promised to back us up financially until it was all finished (And I should know because I was one of the Contractors) and they contributed sod all ! When it was a great sucess all they wanted to do was turn up for the Champagne and present the Medals on television !
10/08/2012 07:26
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I think Alan needs lessons in Yorkshire dialect.
10/08/2012 07:47
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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.

 

 

10/08/2012 00:30
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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

10/08/2012 11:03
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A fantastic idea. If the one in London is happening anyway, then why doesn't someone organise one in Yorkshire as well? What's to stop them? Nothing as far as I can see.  It will only happen if those with the power to do it make it happen. 
10/08/2012 09:16
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Hi murray. So what language do cockneys speak then? Not Queen's English is it. Are there any cockneys left in London? Never looks like it on telly but that may have something to do with the beeb. Ah yes, the majestic peaks of Essex. The wonderful lakes of Hertfordshire. London? Packed to the gills with foreigners and deadbeats. Give me Yorkshire any day; and that's from a Lancastrian!
10/08/2012 03:03
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At this rate they'll be suggesting we hold it at Eton because 32% of our medallists were privately educated (only 7% of the whole country is in comparison).
10/08/2012 11:21
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obviously should be in Yorkshire, why should them southern fairies have everything!!

10/08/2012 09:04
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as a yorkshire man living on the other side of the atlantic and reading the comments here all i can say is that London Bid for the games, London got the games, so London gets the bill that comes with it. However it is team GREAT BRITAIN. England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. Many yanks think England = London and London = England. I think if they have a medal parade it should be more like the torch relay and should take in several cities up and down the country to give everyone a chance to see the athletes. Ok Yorkshire did not pay for the games and may not be able to afford to pay for the games but did any of us really get any choice in who pays for the games? and London is the financial powerhouse of the country but its also that financial powerhouse that plunged the whole country into recession too. Other parts of the UK exist besides London and everyone should be able to share this once in a lifetime event. Londoners may have paid more taxes but we all paid for the games somewhere along the line. All the athletes who are not footballers on 100k a week and all their support staff including those in Yorkshire all contributed to a great success for team GB and they should be given the chance to parade through their own local areas too be it yorkshire, scotland, manchester etc etc
10/08/2012 10:29
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yorkshire has got to be the most beautiful county in england if not britain
10/08/2012 06:23
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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

 

10/08/2012 09:15
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I wholeheartedly agree with this article. Unfortunately, I'll be on holiday on that date, but I would most definitely go and see a parade in Yorkshire. I come from the Northwest of England originally and now live in the midlands,only one hour from London by train, but I would still travel up for it. The WHOLE of GB has done us proud, not just Yorkshire, but how many medals have come from London? I get tired of EVERYTHING happening down there. London is great and has done us proud in the hosting of the Olympics, but it is not the centre of the universe. We have a wonderful and beautiful country, full of talented and dedicated people. For once, let somewhere else have a turn!
10/08/2012 09:29
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Nothing better than playing devils advocate!

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 !
10/08/2012 09:36
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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.

 

10/08/2012 09:23
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Some people on here need to see past Watford Gap and the £££'s in thier eyes. Yorkshire have done really well in the Olympics. But as everyone else has said, why have it in London? To be honest yorkshire would be a great place to have it as it is central in the country so i would be easier to get to, and it would help out all our local businesses up here rather than the deluded Londoners who rip people off day in day out. For anyone else, saying oh London this London that... A number of Yorkshire businesses also built, designed and produced the materials for the Venues, so where would your Olympics be if you did'nt have us? No medals and no venues!
10/08/2012 12:09
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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!

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