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Huddersfield Olympic torch goes on eBay; pounds 6,450 bid for souvenir that won't be lit until June 20.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON

A RUNNER from Huddersfield chosen to carry the Olympics Torch has offered it for sale.

The Torch and the runner's tracksuit have appeared on the selling website eBay - and attracted a bid of pounds 6,450.

The seller, who has used the name wacko, claims the Torch will be carried on June 20 and will be available after that date.

The runner can buy the Torch for pounds 199 from the run organisers.

The sale is one of many by Olympic torchbearers who have started to cash in on their once-in-a-lifetime privilege by selling their torches on eBay.

Before the first day of the relay was completed, the gold torches appeared on the online auction site.

A torch used during the relay on Saturday is currently attracting bids of more than pounds 30,000.

The seller lists the item as: "An amazing sporting souvenir - be one of the first to have one!" Other torchbearers have pledged to donate the proceeds from the sale to charity.

The Huddersfield seller on eBay has posted a statement.

It read: "You are bidding on an authentic London 2012 Olympic Torch to be used in the Olympic Torch Relay on 20th June 2012.

"The torch is one of 8,000 made for the event and is made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, held in place by a cast top piece and base, perforated by 8,000 circles and stands 800mm high and each 8,000 circles represents a torchbearer.

"My torch bearer uniform, size medium, will also be included with the Olympic Torch which will have been worn during the torch relay.

"An official torch stand which is due to be delivered in August will also be included in the sale and will be posted on.

"The torch and uniform will be available for postage after I have completed my part of the journey in bringing the flame to the Olympics in London."

The June 20 leg of the Torch relay is through North Yorkshire.

The Torch arrives in Huddersfield on June 24.

A spokesman for Olympics organisers LOCOG said: "People chosen to be a runner have the option to buy their Torch for pounds 199 and if they do, what they do with it afterwards is down to them.

"We had hoped people would want to keep them as mementoes of a great occasion but we have no say in what is done with the Torch".

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 25, 2012
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