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LIVE: Olympic Torch Relay in Lincolnshire

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

  • The London 2012 Olympic Torch

  • Stuart Mclachlan transfers the flame to Timothy Pearson during the torch relay in Louth. Photo: John Aron

  • The crowds for the Olympic Torch Relay in Boston

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The Olympic Torch was on the move in Grimsby at 6.14am on Day 40 of the relay and arrived in Louth - its first stop in Lincolnshire - at 7.50am.

Throughout the day, we'll be updating its progress as it is carried through the county to its overnight stop in Lincoln. 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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4.35pm: The Torch is now in the convoy to Bracebridge Heath. We will be continuing the coverage on our Lincoln blog...

4.30am: 90 minutes before the Olympic Torch hits the Brayford, people are staking it out for the best spots. An atmosphere of excitement is building.

4.28pm: 21-year-old shot putter, Robert Mohan, from Bourne now has the flame. Rob is a Great Britain junior shot putter and holds the Lincolnshire county record with a throw of 17.70m.

4.20pm: Deborah Chessum, 39, from Sleaford, gets hold of the Torch. She raises money for charities by running marathons, hosting race nights, coffee mornings etc. Numerous charities have benefitted including Meningitis Research, Brain Tumour Research and Asthma Research.

4.15pm: The Olympic Torch is passed to Kathleen Wood. The crowds are immense and very vocal in Sleaford.

4.11pm: Sleaford's Suzanne Bolton, 47, takes over the relay. She now works as an IT project manager but has helped many local residents by volunteering with the CAB.

4.08pm: Sleaford local Neil Woodmansey, 49, is now carrying the Torch. Neil has spent 26 years in the fire service in Lincolnshire and has been to Pakistan and Haiti in search-and-rescue missions following earthquakes. He was also honoured with an MBE in the Queen`s New Year`s Honours List last year.

4.07pm: An hour to go until the Torch arrives in Bracebridge Heath, but the streets are brimming with local residents. The atmosphere is electric.

4.02pm: The Torch relay sets off through Sleaford.

3.20pm: Crowds line the streets of Sleaford ahead of the Torch's arrival.

Picture: James Bould @bouldie

3.15pm: The Torch is now on its way to Sleaford in the convoy.

3.10pm: Russell Winfield was nominated by his wife to be a torchbearer. The 51-year-old from Boston has been a table tennis coach for the last 30 years and had given up many of his weekends to travel to tournaments with the youngsters.

3.07pm: Billy Ryan Osborne, 21, from Boston now has the torch. He volunteers in his local community.

3.03pm: Former Royal Marine Steve Dawson now takes over. He decided to row across the Atlantic Ocean for charity and then set a new world record as part of a four-man crew which rowed from Canada to Britain in 39 days.

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3.00pm: Susan Oakley, 52, from Peterborough gives a double thumbs up and performs two cartwheels as she takes over the relay. Susan runs hockey sessions for more than 60 children every Saturday.

2.57pm: Windsurfing coach Graham Colam, 47, from Grantham is now running with the Torch. He imparts his passion and enthusiasm to youngsters at Rutland Water Sailing Club.

2.53pm: Emma Gibbs, 12, from Boston, takes hold of the flame now. She has represented her schools in football and cross country, but also cares for her sick brother.

2.51pm: Hometown girl Katie Walmsley, 13, takes over the relay. She helps at Sunday school and recently cycled 20 miles for Breast Cancer Research.

2.48pm: The next torchbearer Stuart Davidson, 54, from Boston served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years and runs half marathons for the Help for Heroes Charity.

2.44pm: John Sharkey from Bourne is now carrying the flame. John set up a junior football team called Bourne Head Rangers which has now has more than 270 junior footballers and 15 teams.

2.41pm: 16-year-old Tracey Lamb from Grantham takes over the Torch relay now. She is a school sports ambassador, who encourages other pupils to get involved in sport.

2.37pm: England cricketer Arran Brindle has now has the Torch. She has more than 60 international caps under her belt already and, in 2005, was part of the England team that won the Ashes Series. Arran is also captain of Louth Cricket Club and last year became the first woman in the world to score a century in the highest level of club cricket.

2.24pm: Lincolnshire torchbearer Paul McCarthy, 46, coaches at a local sports club for disabled and able-bodied young people in Sleaford and is training to be a qualified athletics coach. He is due to run the Great North Run for the RNIB.

2.15pm: Adi Hamnett, 36, from Tattershall, was nominated to carry the Torch by his wife, who he cares for full-time.

2.12pm: the torch passes to Arsenal Ladies' reserve goalkeeper Sophie Harris, 17, from Lincoln. She is also part of England's under-19 squad.

2.10pm: Former military policeman Paul Timms, 46, from Billinghay, is now carrying to Torch. He runs his own taekwondo club, is a foster carer and a firefighter in his village.

2.00pm: The crowds gather in Boston ahead of the Torch's arrival.

Picture: The Young Journalist Academy @yjajournalists

1.58pm On the road to Wrangle now, followed by a trip to Boston.

1.47pm Boston baker Martin Jessop now takes hold of the Torch. He regularly takes part in sprint triathlons and has also completed two London Marathons, many half-marathons and even more 10k runs to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

1.47pm The first torchbearer in Wainfleet All Saints is 12-year-old Steffi Wilkinson, a budding athlete.

1.38pm So, that's the last stretch in Skegness. Now it's off to Wainfleet All Saints.

1.30pm: The next torchbearer is local man Jimmy Clark who has raised lots of money for charities and once worked as a clown to entertain children. He now helps young adults with learning and behavioural difficulties.

1.25pm: Now Glennis Rogerson, from Skegness, is handed the torch. She practises Tai Chi to lessen the effects of her rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

1.20pm: Alison King, 40, head teacher at Great Steeping Primary School, near Spilsby, takes over the Torch on its way through Skegness.

12.11pm: Starr Halley, 15, carries the Olympic Torch through Skegness.

Picture: Alison Stainton @lickleal

12.09pm: Hometown girl Starr Halley, 15, had an MRI scan in 2009 diagnosing her with Medulloblastoma, a malignant tumour. It spread to the front of her brain and she was left unable to speak or walk. After intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she is back on her feet but still has a high risk of the tumour returning.

12.09pm: Leanne Stephen, 23, from Grimsby, takes up the torch in Skegness. She is in a wheelchair as she has cerebral palsy, but has still played table tennis in the Commonwealth Games.

12.04pm: Boston's Arlene Moxon, 31, picks up the Torch in Skegness. She is voluntary youth worker and treasurer for a local youth club and a voluntary youth leader for the local RSPB Wildlife explorer group.

11.55am: Crowds line the streets of Skegness ready for the imminent arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Picture: @lbogustawski_PA

11.49am: Now holding the flame is Holly Searson, 23, from Grantham. She is one of the youngest female football coaches in England to hold the UEFA `B` coaching licence along with the FA Youth Award. She also runs her own coaching company.

11.46am: The next torchbearer Jack Hodgson, 15, from Gainsborough, is losing his vision from an incurable genetic disease called Ushers Syndrome and is also profoundly deaf. He has represented Nottingham County and the East Midlands at judo.

11.43am: The flame is in the hands of Andy McPherson, 49, from Stamford, the first torchbearer in Winthorpe. He has served in the Forces for 33 years and over the last three years has devoted countless hours to raising money for Families' Activity Breaks which is a charitable initiative between the Armed Forces and the Youth Hostel Association.

11.32am: The final torchbearer in Ingoldmells is Kim Silvester, 56, from Boston. Kim is a nurse in a premature baby unit and has run marathons, half marathons and the Race for Life to raise cash for several charities.

11.21am: Torchbearer Evelyn 'Terry' Crow, 64, had her life turned upside down after a car accident left her with life-threatening injuries and confined to a wheelchair.

11.15am: The next torchbearer, Neil Wedge, 48, has helped to raisee £400,000 to build a new cricket ground in in Uppingham two years ago. He is now aiming to raise an additional £50,000 for some practice nets.

11.11am: The flame is now in the hands of 59-year-old Carol Jaggers, who has been a Brownie leader for more than 25 years.

10.52am: The flame has now been passed to Richard Lomas-Brown, 38, who spend around 200 hours of his own time each year coaching junior athletics and co-ordinating competitions at his local running club.

10.55am: Fiona Grigg takes hold of the flame for her stint. She was born with a very severe facial disfigurement called a cavernous haemangioma. She started having operations at the age of four and to date has had 69 major operations to rebuild her face and skull.

10.52am: Lincoln's Leon Squire, 16, picks up the Torch in Hogsthorpe. Leon is a keen footballer and promising young athlete but suffers from super-ventricular tachycardia which can cause rapid heartbeat and dizziness.

10.50am: Streets of Skegness filling up to greet the Olympic Torch Relay at 11.58am.

Picture: @sallyelizabeth

10.45am: The Torch rejoins the convoy and is now on its way to Hogsthorpe.

10.37am: The first torchbearer in Mumby is Danielle Johnson, 26, a keen footballer who runs the local girls' team and is involved in projects to help those affected by domestic violence.

10.33am The Olympic Torch is now back in the convoy on its way to Mumby.

10.24am Swimming coach David Fortescue, 24, from Nottingham, gets his hands on the torch for his stint.

10.20am 12-year-old Aspergers sufferer Sam Rowlett takes over the flame in Sutton-on-Sea.

10.15am The crowds cheer as Chloe get out of her wheelchair to walk the final few yards.

10.11am: The torch is now in Sutton-on-Sea and being carried by Chloe Osborne, 14, who suffers from spinabifida and hydrocephalisa and is hoping to represent Team GB at the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil in either shot put, discus and table tennis.

10.04am: The next torchbearer through Trusthopre is Rees I'anson who has raised more than £25,000 for charity with efforts such as running two half marathons and three 10ks. He is also planning to climb Ben Nevis for a second time.

9.54am: Trusthorpe torchbearer 76-year-old Sheelagh Weir has given more than 60 years' service to the Girl Guides and is a volunteer gardener for two local community parks.

9.51am: Rob Holland, 56, is now carrying the torch on the last leg in Mablethorpe. He is a retired Army major and has also coached many tug-of-war teams.

9.28am: Former headteacher Frank Barraclough, 82, now carries the flame. Frank's 65-year career in athletics has seen him work with famouse names such as Ron Pickering, John le Mesurier, Dennis Watts and Fred Housden - and he still coaches today.

9.20am: The Torch arrives in Mablethorpe and is taken up by 16-year-old ADHD and Aspergers sufferer Daisy Southern.

9.16am: The Olympic Torch is now heading down the A1104 to Mablethorpe.

9.10am: David Glew, 65, from Nocton, takes up the flame. David has coached teenagers and adults cricket for 22 years in Nocton, Lincolnshire, and as been primary school governor for 30 years.

9.05am: Torchbearer Amy-Leigh Blackett was elected by her peers to become the first ever Young Mayor of North-East Lincolnshire.

9am: The Olympic Torch is now back in the convoy and heading to Maltby le Marsh.

8.50am: Tom Ward, 13, from Wellingore, now takes up the flame after being nominated by his mum. Tom wants to pursue a career in medicine after helping both his mum and younger brother cope with serious illness.

8.35am: The Torch is now making its way along the A157 to Withern. In case you missed it, see the video of the Torch abseilling down Grimsby Dock tower earlier this morning

8.25am: Torchbeearer Amy Louise Thurston, 19, was nominated and has 'helped combat Aids and the multi-racial issue left behind from apartheid in South Africa'.

8.10am: Olympic Torch convoy now heading down the B1520 to Legbourne

8.00am: The first torchbearer in Louth is 41-year-old Michelle Brown, a a classroom assistant who works with children and encourages children to take part in sports at the school.

7.50am: People are lining the street so of Louth,waiting for the torch to arrive.

YESTERDAY: Lincoln Ladies club captain Megan Harris carried the torch in Immingham yesterday.

The 27-year-old who plays for the Women’s Super League team was nominated by her club for her work in the community.

“I’m not a nervous person but the feeling I had sat on the torch relay bus while waiting to be dropped off was something I have never felt before. I was running the opening leg of the Immingham relay so I think the nerves had got to me even more as I had no idea what to expect,” she said.


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  • hykehamfan  |  June 27 2012, 3:58PM

    Its amazing how a person can ask "who cares" when thousands of people on this day alone are taking time to see it. As for money, its important to spend some money on leisure and entrainment! Who wants to go about life just to survive?

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  • Lincolnshep  |  June 27 2012, 2:22PM

    Gixxerman - you ask 'who cares?'. Surely the answer to that question is in the photos of all the smiling people that make up the rest of this page.

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  • Gixxerman  |  June 27 2012, 12:47PM

    Who cares? It's only a torch for pity sake. Why can't they just light the flame with a match when the whole waste of money kicks off?

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  • fuchsianuts  |  June 27 2012, 9:40AM

    Sorry but should we be using public funds at this present time

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