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Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Louth

By Louth Target  |  Posted: June 20, 2012

  • James Roark

  • Chris Suich

  • Michelle Brown

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THERE is just a week to go before crowds will be flocking to Louth to See the Olympic torch on its official relay.

Louth will start the Olympic torch relay of Lincolnshire next Wednesday as it arrives from Grimsby at around 7.50am.

There are five torchbearers who will carry the torch through Louth and two who will carry it through Legbourne.

The torch will start its day travelling by convoy from Grimsby, arriving in Louth on Grimsby Road near the John Darke Petrol Station at 7.50am.

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It will then go through Bridge Street, past the iconic St James' Church and on to Upgate up to the junction with Meridian View.

It will then travel by convoy to Legbourne where it will arrive at 8.12am on Station Road and go past East Wold Primary School.

With just days to go, Olympic torchbearers are looking forward to their big day.

The torchbearers include James Roark, 21, from Horncastle and Michelle Brown, 41, from North Thoresby.

James, has competed in swimming from a very young age reaching county and Midland level and has taught hundreds of people to swim.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to it and feel quite excited now. I have been seeing bits on TV and keep thinking that will be me soon."

Michelle Brown, works at Humberstone Primary School where she has helped children of all abilities get into sport.

She said: "I hope there will be a good turnout in Louth. I think because it is such an important event then people will turn out to support it.

"This is a once in a lifetime event and I am so proud to be involved. I don't know which part I will be running yet, but the icing on the cake for me would be past St James' Church."

The other torchbearers are Chris Suich, 50, from Louth, acting-assistant headteacher at Skegness Academy. She is passionate about all children reaching their potential through sport and has managed two primary level football sides; Stuart Mclachan, 41, from Grimsby who was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He volunteers in his local community and is even included in the role of honour in Grimsby Town Hall, and Timothy Pearson, 34 who is an RAF pilot and captain of the AWACS based at Waddington.

The torchbearers through Legbourne are Amy Thurston, 20, from NE Lincolnshire who has helped children in South Africa engage with sport from being a volunteer netball coach within the Football Foundation of South Africa; and Ben Searby, 24, a tutor at Grimsby Institute. He has had to learn to walk again after he sustained a brain injury following a motorbike accident which killed his father.

Other local people who will be carrying the torch through Lincolnshire include Adi Hamnett, 36, from Tattershall who will carry it at Wrangle, Alison King, 40, from Louth will carry it at Skegness, Penny Garratt-Pughe from Utterby will carry through Grimsby, Rebecca Dunning from Grainthorpe will carry through Bracebridge Heath and Arran Brindle from Louth will carry it at Boston if her cricket commitments allow.

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