Hold up a light for our Olympic torch bearers

Olympic torch bearer Ian Sharkey with South Kesteven district councillor John Smith, who nominated him.
Olympic torch bearer Ian Sharkey with South Kesteven district councillor John Smith, who nominated him.

SEVEN inspirational people from our area will carry the London 2012 Olympic torch when it arrives in the district in July.

They are among 8,000 chosen to carry the torch across the UK out of tens of thousands of nominations.

Communities are being invited to line the streets and support them along the route from Market Deeping to Long Sutton, which travels through Thurlby, Bourne, Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode and Holbeach.

Among those to be chosen from the area is Ian Sharkey (69), who has devoted 33 years to helping youngsters play football in Bourne. He will be carrying the torch in Boston on Wednesday, June 27, the second day of its journey through Lincolnshire. He said: “It’s an amazing honour, especially to think 100,000 people were originally nominated for this.”

On the same day, Paralympic skiing hopeful Jade Etherington (21), of Bourne, will carry the flame through Lincoln, where she is at university.

The route through South Holland starts in Market Deeping on July 4 at 8.08am and travels along Lincoln Road to Church Street, Halfleet and leaving on Peterborough Road.

Local charity worker Brian Holdich (76) will be among the torch bearers in his home town.

From there it reaches Thurlby from the A151 at 8.29am, travelling along the High Street to Northorpe Lane, through Northorpe and on to Bourne. Among the torch bearers are two from Spalding – teacher and charity runner Sarah O’Brien (30) and Tracy Nicol (30).

In Bourne, the torch relay resumes at 8.53am in South Road and moves to Spalding Road, leaving the town via the A151. Local man Richie Goodsell (53) will carry the torch here.

It arrives in Spalding at 9.34am, travelling along the A151 Bourne Road, Winsover Road, across the River Welland into Church Street and Halmer Gate, and on to Low Road. Local torch bearers are Amanda Scase (29) and LIVES First Responder Thomas Giddings (19).

In Moulton, the relay sets off at 10.37am, starting and finishing along A151 High Road.

It starts again at 10.44am in Whaplode, continuing along the A151 High Road.

From there, it is taken up again in Holbeach at 10.56am, starting on the B1515 to Spalding Road, and travelling along Fleet Street and Fleet Road.

There are more local faces along this part of the route – Ges Roulstone (56), of Bourne, and Mandy Woods (48) of Spalding.

The final part of the journey through South Holland is in Long Sutton, starting at 11.24am along the B1359 Gedney Road and finishing in London Road.