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Torch bearer Steffi, 12, fired up for Olympic task

Steffi Wilkinson of Little Hale who is the youngest person in Lincolnshire to be carrying the Olympic Torch. Photo: 0272SB-1

Steffi Wilkinson of Little Hale who is the youngest person in Lincolnshire to be carrying the Olympic Torch. Photo: 0272SB-1

A TWELVE year old girl is ready to be part of history when the Olympic flame comes to Lincolnshire.

Steffi Wilkinson, from Little Hale, is the youngest person in county to be selected to carry the Olympic torch.

She was nominated in an on-line poll through Lloyds TSB and will be carrying the torch at Wainfleet All Saints.

Steffi is a Year Seven pupil at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. She said: “I’m quite excited about it and my parents will be there cheering me on.”

On June 27 to 28 and July 3 to 4, the Olympic torch will be making its journey through Lincolnshire and thousands of people are expected to turn out to witness this once in a lifetime event.

Lincolnshire county Council are encouraging people to make special arrangements for when their children are sent home at lunch-time and also to be aware of road closures during these days.

When the torch comes to Sleaford at around 3.45pm on June 27, the procession will begin at the top of Boston Road and make its way to Southgate, before moving through the town centre to Northgate and up to Holdingham.

Around 300 children from eight schools will be joining the procession from Boston Road recreation ground through town up to Carre’s Grammar School, where there will be some Olympic themed activities.

The procession will finish at Holdingham before the torch heads off to Bracebridge Heath.

As streets along the route may be affected, the county council’s highways network manager Mike Nicholls is urging people to allow extra time for their journeys on that day or find an alternative route.

He said: “Businesses, schools, transport and many other services across the county will be affected, so it’s important you find out what’s happening near you. This will help you plan your day in advance, so you can avoid lengthy delays wherever possible.”

For more information, visit North Kesteven District Council’s website at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/olympic-torch/110971.article

 
 
 

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