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LIVE: Olympic Torch Relay in Lincolnshire

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: July 03, 2012

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Seven days after the Olympic Torch Relay first entered Lincolnshire... it's back again!

At 4.45pm today, the flame will be carried through Stamford on its way to an overnight stop in Peterborough.

It will return to the county for the final time tomorrow at 8.08am when it visits Market Deeping and will make its way to Bourne and Spalding before heading into Norfolk.

And you can keep up with all the latest news and pictures with our live blog below.

Last Wednesday, thousands of people lined the streets of Lincolnshire to greet the torchbearers as they carried the flame through the county.

After making its way through Louth, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Boston and Sleaford - as well as numerous villages - it stopped overnight in Lincoln.

The event was celebrated with a party at Yarborough Sports Ground, attended by more than 10,000 people, where the cauldron was lit and the Red Arrows performed a fly-past.

A carnival atmosphere, colourful costumes and lively drumming also followed the Torch through the city to the Brayford Pool for the free Festival of Light.

Then, on Thursday, a torch party breakfast was held in the ground of Lincoln Castle as the relay made its way out of the city into Nottinghamshire.

The relay briefly returned to Lincolnshire during its travels to Nottingham when it came through Grantham. The town was lashed by an incredible storm only minutes before it arrived.

View the catch-up blog, pictures from the Olympic Torch Relay in Grantham and a video of the storm at the bottom of the page. You can also find the links to all the coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay on This is Lincolnshire...


LIVE BLOG (STAMFORD)

5.41pm: The Torch is now back in the convoy and heading for Peterborough. It will be back in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, at 8.08am tomorrow. Keep up with the live blog again on This is Lincolnshire

5.35pm: Sue is now carrying the flame past the crowds along Estate Lane at Burghley House before it is whisked off to Peterborough.

5.30pm: Stamford woman Sue Probst, 56, is now carrying the Torch in front of a large crowd at Burghley House. Sue has battled through many health issues and is described as an inspiration to others.

5.19pm: Dave Thompson, 45, from Huntingdon, is now handed the Torch. Dave weighed more than 20 stone just 18 months ago and changed his lifestyle with the help of Slimming World and lost six stone. He now helps others to do the same.

5.16pm: The Torch is now entering the gates of Burghley House, where Lord Coe will be watching.

5.09pm: Benedicta Ripamonti, 36, works as a clown therapist. She spends her weekends working with SorridiMI, bringing laughter to those in need in hospitals, halfway homes and hospices in and around Milan.

5.05pm: Jo Varley, 53, from Peterborough, is the next torchbearer. She is a former international athlete herself who ran 800m and played lacrosse for England.

5.02pm: Jessica Hill now has the Torch. Jess, 27, has raised more than £10,000 for several charities through marathons, adventure races and a sponsored swim the equivalent of crossing the English Channel.



4.59pm: Simon Hales, 22, from Oakham, takes over the relay. Simon suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while at Newcastle University in 2009. He was in a coma for five weeks and has battled ever since to regain his independence allowing himself to be the subject of a Channel 4 Cutting Edge Documentary - My New Brain.

4.59pm: Lord Coe is waiting in the rain at Burghley House for the Torch to arrive.

4.55pm: The next handover goes to 15-year-old Christian Brookes from Oakham. He has passion for sport of all kinds and gives up his time freely to support local children in the community to develop their skills.

4.51pm: The flame is now handed over to Livvy De Wet 12, from Uppingham. She has been on the school council, a junior road safety officer and a tour guide to show parents around her school. She also set up her own handmade jewellery business to raise money for Cancer Research.

4.47pm:The first torchbearer is Maurizio Motta.

4.45pm: The Torch is now in Tinwell Road, Stamford, and it's good to see that so many people have braved the rain to welcome it.

4.25pm: The weather's not looking good in Stamford, but the crowds are still turning out.


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The storm before the Olympic Torch arrived in Grantham, posted by ThePrincessTatty

GRANTHAM BLOG CATCH-UP (Thursday, June 28)

4.18pm: The torch is now on its way back into Nottinghamshire, but it'll be back in Lincolnshire on Tuesday and Wednesday.

4.13pm: The final torchbearer in Grantham is pharmacist Hugh Carville who uses his skills to help out in Uganda with Aids treatment for people in remote places.

4.10pm: The next torchbearer Victoria Freer, 19, from Nottingham, has been supporting the Bingham Penguins Swimming Club on a weekly basis, a club specifically designed for developing swimmers with disabilities. She has also won awards for her sports volunteering.

4.05pm: The Torch now hands over to Bingham teacher Simon Brown, 29, who gives his time freely to students to ensure their success and achievement in all that they undertake. He also volunteers for the Air Training Corps and is a powered gliding instructor.

3.59pm: Tamara Seamark, 39, from Nottingham, now receives the Torch for her leg. She loves to run so much that she has run seven marathons in seven days.

3.55pm: Next up is Darran Winfield-Stanesby, 44, from Mansfield, who has the neurological condition ataxia. The wheelchair bodybuilder has fought hard against his condition and re-learnt how to swallow, eat and move around in his wheelchair as he was paralysed from the waist down. He fundraises for a charity which helps those affected the same condition.

3.50pm: Luke passes the flame to Deborah Lye, who runs initiatives designed to help young people, expecially in disadvantaged communities, to learn through sport.

3.48pm: The weather is improving, but it's still very wet in Grantham.

3.45pm: The next torchbearer, Luke White, has had to undergo skin graft operations to his head. The 12-year-old from Newark is a keen rugby and football player for his school - and at Lincoln City Football Academy.

3.15pm: Andrew Baumohl, 30, from Nottingham, takes up the Torch. He regularly does triathlons, cycling events and marathons, raising considerable amounts of money for charity.

2.55pm: The flame is back in Lincolnshire and stops off outside Belton House for some photos.

2.30pm: An incredible storm lashes Grantham ahead of the arrival of the Olympic Torch.



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