Celebrations as Olympic torch set to light up the coast

East Lindsey District Council Leader Coun Doreen Stephenson celebrates the announcement at Mablethorpe's seafront.
East Lindsey District Council Leader Coun Doreen Stephenson celebrates the announcement at Mablethorpe's seafront.

THE Olympic Torch is coming to the coast next year, exactly one month before the start of the 2012 Games.

The world famous icon will visit Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe, Sutton on Sea, Mumby and Maltby le Marsh as it travels from Cleethorpes to Lincoln.

The London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) made the announcement on Monday, to the delight of East Lindsey District Council.

The flame will also pass through Louth, Legbourne and Withern on its way to the coast on Wednesday June 27, to be carried by nominated torchbearers. The 80cm golden torch was designed by Londoners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and features 8,000 cut-out circles to represent each of the torchbearers who will carry the flame.

It weights just 800 grams, meaning carrying it doesn’t need to be an Olympic feat.

Ninety five per cent of the population will be within 10 miles of the flame next summer thanks to the 8,000-mile route which scales the country. It sets off on May 19 from Land’s End, Cornwall before completing the route in the Olympic Stadium on July 27.

The public will be able to line the streets to watch this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the flame up close.

2012 Champion for Lincolnshire and ELDC leader Coun Doreen Stephenson said: “London 2012 represents 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.”

Mablethorpe Town Manager Karen Froggatt had similar thoughts. She said: “It’s fantastic news that the Olympic torch will be travelling through Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe and Sutton on Sea. This is for most of us a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the excitement to the lead up of the Olympics.”

LOCOG chairman and double Olympic gold medallist, Sebastian Coe, added: “We are thrilled to confirm that the towns and villages across East Lindsey will act as host locations to the Olympic flame, extending an invitation to people in the district to welcome the Olympic torch relay during its journey around the UK.”