Olympic torch cost revealed, one year after relay

PUBLISHED: 12:44 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:44 08 July 2013

Torchbearer Richard Sutton runs his leg of the Torch Relay

Torchbearer Richard Sutton runs his leg of the Torch Relay

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THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield a year ago today (Monday) to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame - now the Welwyn Hatfield Times can reveal how much it cost.

Torchbearer Felix MalahooTorchbearer Felix Malahoo

Welwyn Hatfield Council taxpayers forked out more than £28,000 for the two-leg event on July 8, which brought in roughly £3,000 income.

The authority’s sports chief has defended the spend, claiming the festivities will forever be etched in residents’ memories.

Darren Bennett, portfolio holder for sports, said: “We budgeted for £30,000 and 25,000 people lined the street, it works out a pound per person.

“I think it was money well spent because it brought the community together.

Cost of the Olympic Torch Relay through Welwyn Hatfield

* Expenditure:

Photography: £500

Visual Communications: £703

Tilley Design: £277.75

Stationery: £351.36

Icon Displays: £1,470.28

Signs: £687.50

Borough Communications: £2,236.00

Internal Communications: £2,250.00

Lanyards: £223.20

Stewarding: £2,937

Professional Security: £2,914

RADA Emergency Network: £400

Control Room Hire: £113.75

Traffic Management: £2,152

Staff Costs: £10,000

Total: £28,215.84

* Income:

Finesse Leisure: £1,743.45

Hatfield House: £583.30

Museum Service: £760.15

Total: £3,086.90

* Net Expenditure:

£25,128.94

“It sticks in my mind, hence why I am lead member for sports and I am in the process of organising a large event in Moneyhole Lane Park, a five-a-side football match and we are hopefully going to do a Welwyn Hatfield half marathon to keep the Olympic legacy going.”

Various events were organised to coincide with the relay leg, with entertainment organised for crowds in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield.

Months of preparation went into the once-in-a-lifetime day, with an estimated 25,000 people watching the Olympic Torch Relay pass through the two towns.

* To see pictures of the Olympic Torch passing through Welwyn Hatfield click the links to the top right of this page.

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