Olympic torch relay joy for six local towns

The Olympic torch will pass through several local towns and villages next summer. Photo London 2012.
The Olympic torch will pass through several local towns and villages next summer. Photo London 2012.

THE Olympic torch relay is set to stop off in six local towns and villages ahead of next year’s London games.

The Torch will visit Mumby, Hogsthorpe, Ingoldmells, Winthorpe, Skegness and Wainfleet All Saints as it makes its way from Cleethorpes to Lincoln onJune 27.

The Council believes the Games can create significant opportunities for local people by bringing communities together and strengthening the economy.

2012 Champion for Lincolnshire and Leader of the Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, is delighted: “London 2012 presents East Lindsey with some important opportunities and we’ve worked hard to ensure we’re well represented on the Torch route.

“Today’s announcement means people living locally and visitors to our District will be able to be part of the biggest sporting event on earth in East Lindsey and we should be proud of this. We want everyone to line the Torch’s route and to celebrate this important national event.

“We’ve already announced our intention to develop a District-wide programme of cultural and sporting events for 2012 and the Torch Relay fits perfectly within that.

“East Lindsey has been developing close ties with London 2012 and this has already seen Skegness host Games Time, the performance by the community at SO Festival 2011.

“We need to build on this success and promote East Lindsey regionally, nationally and internationally as an exciting place to visit.

“We will be continuing our discussions with LOCOG to ensure we maximise other opportunities that may benefit East Lindsey in the run up to and during the Games.”

Sebastian Coe, London 2012 organiser, said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm that towns and villages across East Lindsey will act as host locations for the Olympic Flame, extending an invitation to people in the district to welcome the Olympic torch relay during its journey around the UK.

“This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across East Lindsey to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”

The 70-day relay, will start at Land’s End on May 19, 2012 and then travel an 8,000 mile route aroudn the UK before arriving back in London to signal the start of the 2012 Games.

It is thought that over 95% of the UK population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame’s route.