• Today the Relay will travel 111.99 miles
• 137 Torchbearers will carry the Flame
• Evening celebration to take place at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln
• Images from today can be downloaded here
The Relay will travel through the following communities: Grimsby, Louth, Legbourne, Withern, Maltby Le Marsh, Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe, Sutton on Sea, Mumby, Hogsthorpe, Ingoldmells, Winthorpe, Skegness, Wainfleet All Saints, Wrangle, Boston, Sleaford, Bracebridge Heath and Lincoln.
Highlights for today include:
6:14am – The first Torchbearer of the day will be Alan Ellinson, 55 from Stockport, who will abseil down one of the Humber region’s most iconic landmarks – the Dock Tower at Grimsby Docks. Alan was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for his extensive local charity work which, through charity abseil and zipwire events, has helped to raise over £12million for a variety of different charities for the last 15 years. He runs a climbing centre and coaches children all the way through from beginners to competing nationally in the British Youth Climbing series.
12:18pm – The Flame will be carried onto Skegness Beach by Torchbearer Starr Halley, 15 from Skegness. Starr was nominated through the Samsung campaign for her courageous battle with a severe brain tumour called Medulloblastoma at just 12 years old. She endured intense radio and chemotherapy but has since recovered and gone onto charity work in the name of her illness. As part of planned training sorties, an RAF Typhoon aircraft will fly by Skegness and Bracebridge Heath will see an E3-D fly by.
6:50pm – The last Torchbearer of the day will be Jules Hanks, aged 46, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Julie was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign for her inspirational charity work, which will see her climbing Kilimanjaro to raise money for a dental charity. Julie will light the cauldron at the evening celebration in Lincoln. The Red Arrows are scheduled to fly by the Lincoln Evening Celebration as part of a planned training sortie.
The evening celebration will take place at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln and begin at 5pm. It will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay - Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - with support from Lincoln City Council. The show will start at 5pm.
Working with the City Council and commissioned by Lincoln Drill Hall, local company In Production Music will showcase local talent with a large scale dance and gymnastic show at the start and finish of the Evening Celebration – named One World.
Around 100 local musicians, dancers and gymnasts will perform on and off the stage to music taken from around the world. The two pieces will feature around 25 musicians playing a mix of dubstep, banghra, hip-hop and world music styles accompanied by a cast of 50 dancers and 20 gymnasts, parkour artists and free runners. The choreography will feature two routines, one of which will be a processional march through the crowds to signal the arrival of the Torch, and the other a fantastic set piece using colourful and exciting props, which will bring the event to a close.
Lloyds TSB Flame Followers Spectacular’ will feature their troupe of performers who will travel along the route of the 70 day Olympic Torch Relay. Their performance is a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport - celebrating the endeavour, athleticism, agility and skill of our national Olympic sporting heroes, Team GB.Coca-Cola will bring the singer, Loick Essien to the evening celebration, whilst ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalists Twist & Pulse have been chosen by Samsung to invite the nation to take part in the Olympic Games experience at each of the 66 Evening Celebration events across the country.
Courtney Limb, 14, from Lincoln was selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme. Courtney will carry the Flame through Bracebridge Heath. Courtney has Type 1 Diabetes but this does not stop her fulfilling her passion of all sports. Her dream is to represent England Ladies and is currently an elite player for Lincoln Ladies Centre of Excellence.
Keith Hebblewhite, 75, from Lincoln was nominated through the Lloyds TSB campaign and will carry the Flame in Lincoln. Keith has been an amateur runner and supporter of British athletics for more than 35 years. His first marathon was the first London marathon in which he raised over £1000 for the Vera Dean Charity for the terminally ill, enabling Lincoln City to buy its first body scanner. He was also responsible for bringing the world-famous male voice choir Morriston Orpheus to sell-out performances at Lincoln Cathedral, with all proceeds going to Lincolnshire’s St. Barnabas Hospice. Today, in his 75th year, he continues with his charitable work. Keith’s support for the British athletics team has taken him all over the world including to two Olympic Games in Moscow and Sydney, six World Championships, and numerous European and Commonwealth Games. Our London Olympics will be the greatest show on earth and as a family we would be hugely proud if Keith could be a part of it by being one of the Torchbearers.
Amir Ameen, 18, from Doncaster, carrying the Flame in Grimsby was selected through the LOCOG campaign. Amir has acted as a Leader in the Cherry Willingham Leadership Academy, helping with Primary School festivals and competitions. Amir has also acted as an Ambassador in mentoring younger gifted and talented pupils in the Leadership Pod in school. As one of two Platinum Ambassadors, he planned and presented the Adistar Leaders training day in which they were tasked with exploring ideas on the Olympic legacy. Anna Hemmings MBE gave an inspiring presentation on her Olympic experiences, and this complemented Amir's focus on the Olympic values and making a positive impact on the community. He has captained School football and badminton teams and has played in rugby, athletics and cross country teams. He has been on NGB coaching courses for these sports and is taking the Community Sports Leaders Award and hopes to use these in the future. Out of school, Amir has been given funding by the FA to enable him to volunteer as a coach at Doncaster Rovers Disability Football Club where he is also working to improve their facilities. He has been selected by the County FA to attend this year’s FA National Football Futures Camp and has applied for the FA Coach's Scholarship programme.
Arlene Moxon, 31, from Boston, carrying the Flame in Skegness was nominated through the Samsung campaign. Arlene is a voluntary youth worker and treasurer for a local youth club, a voluntary youth leader for her local RSPB Wildlife explorer group and an assistant instructor at a local kung fu class.
Nicolas Hope, 33 from Lincoln nominated by Lincoln City Council through the LOCOG campaign, lives in the Sincil Bank and is passionate about delivering activities for young people. One of the projects that Nick is involved in is a project known as Stand Up Speak Up which uses sport to bring young people of different nationalities together outside of the school setting. Nick is now one of the senior volunteers on the project and he supports a number of other voluntary projects within the neighbourhood.
James Williams, Director, Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe & Nordics, said: “Today, more Coca-Cola Future Flames will help us celebrate the fortieth day of our amazing journey, including Billy Osbourne and Courtney Limb who carry the Olympic Flame in Boston and Bracebridge Heath. We will also get everyone to Move to the Beat tonight as we bring Loick Essien to the stage in Nottingham.”
Sally Hancock, Director, London 2012 Partnership at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are looking forward to the Olympic Torch Relay travelling through Lincolnshire and bringing the excitement of London 2012 to every community along the way. Everyone coming out in force to celebrate the Flame’s arrival and Lloyds TSB is creating as many opportunities as possible for people to get involved as the Relay passes their door. We’re calling on everyone to cheer their local Lloyds TSB Torchbearers – extraordinary people like Keith Hebblewhite and Louise Nelson, both running in their home town of Lincoln. Our troupe of performers, the Flame Followers, are lighting up the celebrations along the route ahead of the Relay before their Flame Followers Spectacular in Lincoln tonight.”
Sunny Hwang, Vice President & Head of Global Sports Marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: "Samsung is delighted to be a Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay and we feel the Torchbearers selected really do demonstrate the ‘gone the extra mile’ community element that lies at the heart of our London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay campaign."
About the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners:
As the longest standing Presenting Partner of the Olympic Torch Relay, Coca-Cola will be using its heritage and experience to spread excitement across the UK ahead of London 2012. Coca-Cola's national nomination campaign - Future Flames – has focused on finding inspirational young people from across the country to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame. This summer Coca-Cola will celebrate these Future Flames: young people who use their passions in areas like sport and physical activity, music and dance, and community and the environment; to spread happiness in their local communities. Find out more at: www.coca-cola.co.uk/olympic-games
As the only National Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB will be taking the inspiration and excitement of the Olympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK. As part of Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of Scotland will be the National Presenting Partner in Scotland. We are creating as many opportunities as possible for communities the length and breadth of the UK to get involved as the Flame travels past their front doors.
Lloyds Banking Group is Britain’s biggest corporate investor in UK communities and in 2011 invested £85 million and as part of the Group’s Community Investment Programme, we’ve launched the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund to give back to the communities in which we operate and pass through on our journey with the Olympic Flame. We’re inviting everyone to visit the Lloyds TSB stand at each Evening Celebration to vote for a community project in their area that inspires and supports young people. By voting at the Evening Celebration members of the public will automatically enter a draw to win four tickets to London 2012. The two projects that receive the most votes at each locality will each win a £5,000 grant from Lloyds Banking Group. At the Lloyds TSB site members of the public will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Olympic Torch, meet Lloyds TSB Local Heroes – the future stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and get up close to our Flame Followers. To find out how you can join in the celebrations with Lloyds TSB (in your community please visit www.lloydstsb.com/london2012
As a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Samsung aims to encourage everyone to be part of the greatest show on Earth to make London 2012 ‘Everyone’s Olympic Games.’ We aspire to offer new and memorable experiences for everyone around the world through our own innovative and smart wireless technology. Samsung is providing 1,360 Torchbearers, who have “gone the extra mile” by contributing to the local communities, through its worldwide public nomination campaign. In total over 25,000 nominations were received. Samsung will support towns and cities to celebrate the exciting moment of the Torch Relay and help showcase Great Britain’s cultural landmarks to provide a more enjoyable experience to everyone. The evening celebrations that will be staged by Samsung in 66 towns and cities throughout the Olympic Flame’s journey across the UK, will allow Samsung to entertain the community they are visiting. The Samsung caravan, complete with LED screen on the side showcasing runners and goodwill messages, will follow the Torchbearers around the UK cheering up everyone to celebrate the Torch Relay with music and interaction with local communities. It is Samsung’s ambition that London 2012 will be an event that reaches and involves more people than on any other Olympic Games occasion. To learn more about Samsung’s London 2012 Olympic programme, please visit www.samsung.com/london2012
The Supporters of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay are:
Worldwide Olympic Partners Procter and Gamble and Visa, Tier One Partners adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT and EDF, Tier Three Providers Aggreko, Holiday Inn and NATURE VALLEY.
The BBC will be providing extensive coverage of the Torch Relay on television, radio and online. This will include special Breakfast shows on every BBC local radio station, and extended live coverage of an evening celebration event in every Nation and English Region. Full details of the coverage will be at bbc.co.uk/2012.
London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS.
There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield