Bradford district pictures of Olympic Torch visit are needed for new archive (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford district pictures of Olympic Torch visit are needed for new archive
9:00am Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
People who took pictures of the Olympic torch as it passed through the Bradford district are being asked to keep the flame going for posterity.
Anyone who took photos of the flame as it passed through their home streets on June 24 are being asked to help create a unique archive.
Thousands of people turned out to welcome the torch on its journey, with unforgettable memories made at every turn, says West Yorkshire Archive Service which is behind the project.
They say many of the people at the various torch events will have recorded their memories via a mobile device or Smartphone with recent research showing that more than half of UK mobile phone users possess a camera/smartphone.
Now the West Yorkshire Archive Service is harvesting these irreplaceable images to capture and make an archive of the torch’s progress through West Yorkshire.
Nearly 100 images have already been received via submissions via twitter and through its NowThen website but more are needed.
Photos can either be uploaded directly vianowthen.org.uk, or sent via Twitter to @wyorksarchives.
West Yorkshire Archive Service already has more than 2,000 followers on the Twitter social media site – the second largest following of any local authority archive in the UK.
Graham Hebblethwaite, who is chief officer of West Yorkshire Joint Services, which oversees the work of the Archive Service, said “The images in the Big Olympic Torch Archive are a permanent record of the feel-good spirit which passed through West Yorkshire in June. All the images demonstrate a really personal story and I’d urge you to upload yours for posterity.”
And Councillor Val Slater , chairman of the Archive, Archaeology and Trading Standards Committee, said: “There was such a wonderful feeling of community and I applaud the service for its ingenuity. I hope many more images are uploaded via NowThen so future generations can share our once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
A selection of the images sent so far can be seen on nowthen.org.uk .
Bradford Council spent more than £26,000 on the flame's journey through the district as part of its historic 8,000-mile trip around the UK.