Revealed: Cost of Olympic torch’s county visit

The Olympic torch relay in Kettering with torchbearer Chris McDonald.
The Olympic torch relay in Kettering with torchbearer Chris McDonald.

Local authorities in the north of the county spent more than £30,000 on welcoming the Olympic torch last year, figures have revealed.

The majority of the money – £18,984 – was spent by Kettering Council, with Wellingborough Council forking out £9,328 and Corby Council £2,142.

Northamptonshire County Council also spent £1,246, while the torch did not pass through East Northants.

The figures have been released via a freedom of information request.

The torch was welcomed by rapturous crowds in Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington, Corby and Dingley on July 2 last year.

Kettering Council cabinet member Michael Brown said the money spent on welcoming the torch to the borough had been worth it.

He also said Kettering had spent more than neighbouring boroughs because of its size and because it had made a stop in the town’s Market Place.

“I think we did the right thing,” Cllr Brown added. “It was a big event and it meant a lot to a lot of people.

“If we hadn’t put on an event in the Market Place and it was stopping here, I suspect people would have had a go at us.”

Kettering Council has also recently unveiled a new block in its Market Place timeline to mark the torch’s visit.