Figures reveal cost of Olympic Torch Relay to Camden, Haringey and Barnet

The Olympic Torch Relay in Camden

The Olympic Torch Relay in Camden - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Last summer’s Olympic Torch Relay cost Camden, Barnet and Haringey councils more than £100,000 each, new figures reveal.

Camden spent £123,336 on its portion of the relay, which began with a choir welcoming the torch to the borough at 6.40am, followed by a morning of celebrations as the golden flame continued it’s route through London.

It included artists’ expenses of nearly £25,000 for four professional groups, including the Damon Brown Jazz Band and The Exhibitionists, as well as helping support dozens of local singing groups and dance troupes.

The borough also provided £357 worth of flags for the crowds to wave as the torch came by.

A spokesman for Camden Council said: “Over 70,000 people watched the torch set off on the final day of the relay and go through Camden; that’s more than a third of our population..”

Haringey Council spent £106,965 on road closures, signage, fencing, crowd barriers and traffic management, and hosted a party at Alexandra Palace and Park.

A spokesman for Haringey Council said: “The event brought people together and celebrated the fantastic community spirit of Haringey – supported by a special royal visit – and was a wonderful opportunity to highlight all of the positive things happening in the borough.”

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In Barnet, just over half of its £123,100 expenditure was for “route infrastructure preparation” including repairs and crowd and road management.