A year of planning made this an event to truly remember

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I would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank the huge number of people involved with the Olympic Torch Relay and associated events.

It was undoubtedly a huge success with vast numbers of people turning out to watch the spectacle.

South Holland District Council’s community development team, led by Emily Holmes, with health and safety advice from Nick Kendrick, have spent the last year preparing for this, along with Lincolnshire Police, and they should be very proud that the torch passed through Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach and Long Sutton without a hitch. A monumental task – well done.

The Holbeach event, with which I was particularly associated, only happened with the considerable help of the local community, which gave it such a great atmosphere.

Particular thanks to:

nChris Penney, who helped to deliver so much and just got on with it

nThe sponsors Shepherds Construction, who paid for the entertainment

nThe three Holbeach schools – University Academy Holbeach (Steve Baragwanath and Maggie Ward), County Primary (Susan Boor and Sam Favell), William Stukeley Primary (Tom Emery)

nEden Loweth, who did a magnificent job organising the food stalls in Church Street

nHayley Willerton (Simply Holbeach)

nBrian Hinds for the entertainment

nCarol and Alan Rudkin for organising the Olympic memorabilia

nMike Knight

nThe performers – mini-zumba, Diamondz DG, Zumba dancers, The Morris Dancers, Holbeach Victoria Training Band, South Holland Boxing Academy, Holbeach Utd Football Club

nLimmings for providing the VIP gazebo and chairs

nMark Wooding for the music and audio equipment;

nRadio Lincolnshire

nAll Saints Parish Church for allowing us to put on the mosaic displays and Olympic memorabilia

nThe church bell ringers;

nHolbeach Parish Council (Peter Savory and Jenny Worth) for looking after our VIPs

nHolbeach in Bloom for making the place look great;

nOur three Olympians, Geoff Capes, Stuart Storey and Sally Reddin

nVIPs The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and Lord Taylor of Holbeach

nOur Olympic torchbearers

nThe stewards, including those from Rotary and Lions

nThe retailers for some great displays

nYou, the public, for being there and making it such a great atmosphere, especially the ladies who had made Olympic hats for the occasion.

Thank you all and if I have missed someone, thank you too.

Coun Nick Worth

Portfolio Holder for

Community Development

South Holland District

Council