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Lord Coe gives his own Olympic torch to Stamford's Burghley House

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

Lord Coe in Stamford

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Lord Sebastian Coe, the man who spearheaded the successful London Olympics bid, has given his own Olympic torch to Stamford's Burghley House.

Lord Coe carried the torch through his home town of Sheffield as part of the Olympic flame's relay around the UK.

It will go on display next year in the Olympic Corridor alongside the 1948 torch belonging to Burghley House's former owner David Cecil, Lord Burghley.

Current house director Miranda Rock, Lord Burghley's granddaughter, said: "We're so grateful to Lord Coe for his very gracious gift which will add a special bit of sporting history to Burghley's remarkable collection.

"It's been a pleasure this year seeing so many visitors appreciating my grandfather's sporting legacy thanks to the wonderful exhibits we were able to display as part of our Olympics exhibition, including the torch from the 1948 London Games."

Lord Coe visited Stamford just over a fortnight ago for the launch of sports charity Inspire+ Olympic Legacy Challenge at St Gilbert's Church of England Primary School.

The British Olympic Association chairman also officially open Stamford Endowed Schools' new £6.1m sports centre the same day.

And in July Lord Coe was also at Burghley House to welcome the torch as it changed hands in front of the Elizabethan stately home.

"Welcoming the 2012 torch to Burghley in the summer was among our highlights of the year and we were so grateful that Lord Coe took time out of his busy schedule to share that special day with us.

"Now his gift of his own Olympic torch will mean visitors to the house next year will be able to see even more Olympic history in this very special place," added Mrs Rock.

David Cecil, Lord Burghley, who inherited the title of Marquess of Exeter from his father in 1956, won gold in the 400 metres hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam and silver at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics 4x400 metre relay.

Later, as president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, chairman of the British Olympic Association and a member of the International Olympic Committee, he was instrumental in bringing the Olympic Games to London in 1948.

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