Olympic and Paralympic organisers praise East Lindsey District Council for tie-in events

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LONDON 2012’s organisers have praised the district council’s efforts during the cultural Olympiad.

Sebastian Coe KBE, Chair of the London Organising Committee Olympic Games (LOCOG) and Sir Chares Allen CBE, Chair of the Nations and Regions Group have presented East Lindsey District Council with a certificate, recognising the efforts that the district has played in supporting the biggest sporting event on earth.

Although the Games were primarily in London, East Lindsey played a notable role. It achieved 13 Inspire Marks, the highest number in Lincolnshire, recognising that many sports and cultural projects being delivered in East Lindsey embraced the ambitions of the Games – to Inspire a Generation.

The Olympic Flame also travelled through 14 communities in East Lindsey on June 27, exactly one month before the Games began.

Follow the Light, a procession of colour and carnival, came to Skegness on June 27 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Businesses in the area seized opportunities to bid for contracts to provide services and goods for the Games.

Louth and Skegness hosted the Lion Heart Project – three giant crochet Lions created as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The Lions are now outside the Natural History Museum in London.

The Egyptian Paralympic Team used facilities in Lincolnshire, including St Bernard’s School and the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, before heading to the Games.

And Sacrilege, a full scale Stonehenge by Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, came to Skegness as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Leader of East Lindsey District Council and 2012 Champion for Lincolnshire, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “London 2012 has been an exciting opportunity for us all to celebrate human spirit and determination.

“We have witnessed what is being described as the best Olympic Games of all time and East Lindsey has played its part in that with the Torch Relay, visit of the Egyptian Paralympic Team and Jeremy Dellers wonderful Sacrilege project.

“I’d like to thank all those people who helped us deliver our part in the Games. Thank you.”