Torch relay cost Hartlepool £15k

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The Olympic Torch’s visit to town cost Hartlepool Borough Council almost £15,000.

Figures revealed that the local authority forked out £14,848.16 to host the Torch Relay for the day in June last year.

Olympic fever swept through Hartlepool and East Durham as thousands lined the streets to get a glimpse of the torch in the procession.

Figures published now show that councils throughout the country spent more than £6m to host the torch.

Durham County Council spent £219,652 – however, it hosted the torch for the weekend and cited its large area as another reason for the six-digit expenditure.

Terry Collins, corporate director for neighbourhood services, said: “Ours is a vast county and to fulfil Locog’s desire that every resident would be within a short drive of the torch, the money spent was necessary to ensure that everyone in County Durham could share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”