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LIVE: Olympic Torch Relay in Lincoln

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

Comments (0) The Olympic Torch Relay arrives in Lincoln at 5.30pm after travelling across the county since starting in Louth at 7.50am.

Throughout the day, we've been updating its progress through Lincolnshire, but now here we'll be following it live as it travels through the city.

We will also be reporting and Tweeting from the Yarborough evening celebration as well as providing coverage of the Festival of Light at the Brayford Pool.

Send us your pictures by emailing barnaby.banks@northcliffedigital.co.uk, upload them straight to our picture galleries or tweet us @thisislincs.


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7.15pm: That's it for the live coverage. Hit a bit of a technical glitch at the end with the pictures, but you can catch up with our galleries later. Thanks for joining us...

7.00pm: The Olympic cauldron is lit and the Red Arrows have flown over with a special message from the skies of Lincoln. Entertainment continues with another show from local act, One World.

6.46pm: Jules heads into heads Yarborough Sports Ground where the party starts.

6.46pm: Last torchbearer of the day, Jules Hanks, 46, waits to take over the relay. Julie, a dental nurse from Sleaford, raised £4,000 for the dental charity Bridge 2 Aid-a by organising a barbecue and a ball with a Take That tribute band.

6.45pm: As the Olympic Torch is almost at Yarborough, the live coverage can now be seen on the big screen. Loick Essien has finished his show and the entire Yarborough sports field has come to life.

6.37pm: Lincoln's Nick Hope, 33, is involved in is a project known as Stand Up Speak Up. This project is aimed at using sport to bring young people of different nationalities together outside of the school setting.

6.31pm: Sue Holland-Leavens, 52, from Spalding, now has the Torch. She has a congenital hip defect with arthritis of the spine, but that hasn't stopped her raising funds for charity.

6.27pm: the next torchbearer James Rees, member of a group of three cellists, called Extreme Cello who have walked the 192 mile Coast to Coast route for charity.

6.25pm: More live music as Loick Essien takes the stage at the Yarbrough Sports Ground with the Coca-Cola move team. The crowd are using beat pads to get a rhythm going for the performance.

6.15pm: Londoner Simran Samra, 26, has the Olympic flame. She works to raise awareness about child abduction.

6.12pm: Torchbearer Leanne Creek has meningitis at the age of three. She went on to compete at gymnastics and she now coaches youngsters.

6.00pm: A colourful carnival procession with drums beating has just arrived on the Brayford, following the Torch.

5.50pm: The Torch arrives on the Brayford much to the delight of the gathered crowds.

5.48pm:Four-time world champion weightlifter and double Olympic champion Louis Martin now has the Torch. Louis won bronze for Great Britain in the 1960 Olympics before upgrading to a silver medal at the Tokyo Games in 1964.

5.46pm: Lincoln High Street is bathed in sunshine and is a vision of colour as hundreds of people await the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

5.42pm:Stuart Parker, 53, is a a retained firefighter for eight years is the next torchbearer In 2011 he entered a double iron man so started fundraising for our charity of the year Help for Heroes.

5.40pm:The Torch arrives in Lincoln's High Street.

5.38pm: Virtually every vantage point has been taken with crowds three deep in some areas. An announcement that the torch is just five minutes away draws an excited cheer from the crowd at the Brayford.

5.35pm: The Torch has been handed over to Henry Gregory.

5.29pm: Jade Etherington, 21, a partially-sighted alpine skier from Bourne takes over the relay. She recently won a gold and three silver medals in the Paralympic World Cup and is a student of geography and education at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln.

5.26pm: The evening celebration is now underway with One World, made up of 100 musicians, dancers and performers from Lincoln.

The performance followed the final route around Yarborough that the Olympic Torch will take.

5.23pm: The torch has arrived in Lincoln. Keith Hebblewhite gets things started.

5.18pm: Next stop Lincoln!

5.15pm: Various stalls on the Olympic Party site at Yarborough are keeping crowds entertained as numbers start to grow. People can get their pictures taken with the Olympic Torch for free at the Coca-Cola stand and watch breakdancing at the Lloyds TSB area.

5.09pm: Lincoln paramedic Laura Scott has taken the flame in Bracebridge Heath. In 2009 she volunteered to go to Kenya for a month to work in the Wema Clinic. She was so appalled by what she saw that she vowed to return. Over the next 12 months Laura raised £5,000 and returned in 2010 for a further month.

5:06pm: Crowds line Lincoln's High Street ahead of the Torch's arrival.

Picture: Suzy Maggie Aldridge @gingersuzal

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5.04pm: Karen Mayor, 50, from Lincoln, is the trustee and treasurer for the Lincoln community larder, which provides food and essentials to people in the local community in times of extreme hardship.

5.01pm: Rebecca Dunning, 16, from Grainthorpe, is now carrying the Torch. She was injured by her horse in 2009 and broke her pelvis in five places, ruptured her bladder and suffered a collapsed lung. She has battled her way back to health and is now regularly competing in pentathlons.

5.00pm: Crowds gathering along the Brayford with many enjoying the entertainment at the Festival of Light.

4.55pm: 15-year-old Charlotte Peach is first with the Torch in Bracebridge Heath. Charlotte competes for Newark Athletics Club as well as at county level and hopes to represent Great Britain on the track at the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games.

4.52pm: Flags flying as Olympic Torch arrives in Bracebridge Heath.

4.38pm: The roads in Bracebridge Heath hav eofficially closed for traffic.

4:37pm: Crowds line the streets of Bracebridge Heath ahead of the Torch's arrival.

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4.36pm: There are people in Bracebridge Heath who have even travelled from abroad the catch a glimpse of the Olympic Torch. There are thousands of people on the streets.

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