District prepares for arrival of historic Olympic torch event

THE Olympic torch is set to travel through North Kesteven on Wednesday, June 27, exactly one month before the opening of the London 2012 Games.

It will enter the district at Heckington, travelling along the A17.

It will be carried through Sleaford and then onwards up the A15 to Bracebridge Heath and then on to Lincoln.

At both Sleaford and Bracebridge Heath, local celebrations are being co-ordinated by North Kesteven District Council to ensure that everyone who wants to has chance to be a part of this historic event.

The torch, which is due to arrive in Sleaford just after 3.30pm, will be carried along Boston Road, Southgate and Northgate, which will be closed for the official relay and a subsequent procession.

All town schools will close at lunchtime as children from each will be actively involved in the event.

The day the Olympic torch passes through NK will be a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.

Townspeople are being actively encouraged to line the streets of the route and cheer on the torchbearers.

Headed up by the popular Brasshoppers and Band of RAF College Cranwell, the parade will include stiltwalkers, samba musicians and displays of BMX and skating skills as the procession moves from Boston Road through to Millfield Terrace.

Along the route there will be street entertainers, the Sleaford Concert Band and training band and, of course, the torch convoy itself.

Throughout, the streets will be decorated with bunting and banners made through artsNK workshops and official London 2012 branding.

The festivities are due to last for more than an hour from around 4pm.

Coun Susan Waring, NKDC’s executive board member responsible for sports and leisure, said: “The day the Olympic torch relay reaches North Kesteven is also the one-month mark to the opening of the Games proper.

“It is the moment that all eyes will be on the district as the countdown to the Games reaches a crucial point.

“Schools and local groups are also coming out in support of the torch relay, which is a brilliant reflection of the community spirit we have here in North Kesteven.

“We are also actively encouraging all our residents to do the same by lining the route.”