Geoff Capes urges locals to welcome Olympic torch

Former Olympian Geoff Capes, who was born in Holbeach.
Former Olympian Geoff Capes, who was born in Holbeach.

LEGENDARY strongman Geoff Capes is urging the people of South Holland to pull out all the stops to welcome the Olympic torch next month.

Three-times Olympian Geoff, who was born in Holbeach, says the occasion will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the district.

Geoff, who competed in the games in 1972, 1976 and 1980, said: “To take part in the Olympics is the ultimate for any athlete.

“It’s what you look towards as a youngster and to see the Olympic torch, and what it means to the sport and all it stands for, coming through the district is something that should not be missed.”

It is not yet known if he will be among the crowds lining the streets on Wednesday, July 4, as he is recovering from a hip operation, but Paralympian Sally Reddin and commentator for the Olympics Stuart Storey, who also come from Holbeach, are planning to be there.

Nominated local heroes will carry the Olympic Torch through Market Deeping, Thurlby, Bourne, Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

School children, as well as members of the public, are being encouraged to welcome the torch bearers.

Nick Worth, South Holland District Council deputy leader, said: “This will be a really special occasion for the district and one which I am sure will capture the interest and imagination of all of our communities.”