Spalding gears up for torch relay

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SOUTH Holland District Council is pulling out all the stops to make sure the Olympic torch’s journey through the district is a spectacle to remember.

On Tuesday, the Lincolnshire Free Press reported concerns over the lack of detailed activities planned for Wednesday, July 4 – the day the flame comes through the district.

But the district council has now revealed details of entertainment lined up for crowds who turn out for the once-in-a-lifetime moment as they see the Olympic flame carried by torchbearers.

Activities taking place in Market Place and Hall Place from 9.30am to 11.30am include:

• Tulip Radio broadcasting live

• Sing South Holland Community Choir, presenting their specially-devised Olympic song

• Spalding Marching Ambassadors

• Flaming stilt walkers

• Walkabout characters of Ancient Olympiads

Organisers also say Olympic Torch Relay partners Lloyds Bank, Coca-Cola and Samsung will be engaging with crowds in the town centre and more details will be available nearer the time.

With the bunting still up from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Spalding In Bloom’s red, white and blue hanging baskets on display outside shops and businesses along the route, spectators can expect to be dazzled.

Twenty-one torchbearers, including some local heroes, will carry the flame through the region as it makes its way along the route from Market Deeping to Thurlby, Bourne, Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

Emily Holmes, community development team leader, said: “We really want to encourage people to line the streets along the whole of the torch route, with the Olympic flame the spectacle.

“Activities in Spalding town centre are to encourage a fun and celebratory atmosphere and entertain the crowds who have come out early to secure their viewing spot of the torch.”

• Details of the route can be found on council’s website at