Countdown to Olympic torch arrival in Louth

THERE are just days to go before the Olympic torch comes to Louth on its journey around the country ahead of the London Olympics.

It will arrive in the town at 7.50am on Wednesday, June 27 in Grimsby Road, after being transported in a vehicle from Grimsby.

The flame will be carried along Grimsby Road, Bridge Street, Upgate and London Road, from where it will be driven from Louth.

The torch will then be carried through Legbourne from around 8.12am and Withern from 8.33am.

Carrying the torch through Louth are Chris Suich, Michelle Brown, James Roark, Stuart Mclachlan and Timothy Pearson.

The torch route roads in Louth will be closed to traffic from about 7.25am.

Side roads leading onto the torch route affected by the closures will be – Hill Rise, Fanthorpe Lane, Woodvale Rise, High Holme Rod, St Marys Lane, Cisterngate, Westgate, Chequergate, Mercer Row, Kidgate, South Street, Newmarket, Quarryside and Meridian View.

An East Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “The road closure will be lifted by Lincolnshire Police once they deem it safe to do so.”

They said: “We want people to go on the route and enjoy it and make lots of noise.”

There will be a carnival atmosphere in town in the days leading up to the torch’s arrival. The Lionheart Project will roll into Louth on Saturday, June 23.

Three giant crocheted lions in a 16 metre long illuminated glass case will be parked in the Market Place from 9am to 7pm each day until Tuesday, June 26.

Street theatre will come to the town as part of the district council’s SO Festival. Entertainers will be in the Market Place from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday. They include Bruce Airhead, who climbs inside a giant inflated balloon, and Roo’d, giant bouncing kangaroos on stilts.