City of Lincoln

The Olympic Torch will travel through Lincoln on Wednesday 27th June 2012, between approximately 5.30pm and 7.00pm, and on Thursday 28th June 2012, between approximately 7.45am and 9.00am.

City of Lincoln Council are encouraging people to line the streets and get involved with the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels through the district

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lincoln  (5:08 pm)

17:08 South Park Avenue (A15)
17:13 High Street (B1262)
17:18 Dixon Street (B1360)
17:25 Tritton Road (B1003)
17:31 Centaur Road
17:32 Morrisons Car Park
17:50 Centaur Road
17:50 Tritton Road (B1003)
17:53 Brayford Way
17:58 Brayford Wharf North
18:01 Lucy Tower Street
18:02 Newland (A57)
18:03 Wigford Way (A57)
18:06 High Street
18:08 Saltergate
18:09 Bank Street
18:10 Silver Street
18:11 Lindum Hill (A15)
18:15 Pottergate
18:17 Priory Gate
18:18 Nettleham Road
18:19 Northgate
18:21 Church Lane
18:22 Newport
18:30 Yarborough Crescent (A1273)
18:36 Burton Road (B1398)
18:42 Breedon Drive

Yarborough Leisure Centre  (6:45 pm)
Riseholme Road, Lincoln LN1 3SP, United Kingdom  |  01522 873600

18:46 Evening celebration

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lincoln Cathedral (7:52 am)
4 Priorygate, Lincoln LN2 1PL, United Kingdom  |  01522 561600

07:52 Minster Yard, Lincoln Cathedral
07:53 Castle Hill
07:53 Lincoln Castle
08:01 Union Road
08:02 Burton Road
08:08 Yarborough Road (B1273)
08:17 The Avenue (B1273)
08:20 Brayford Way (A57)
08:20 Carholme Road (A57)
08:28 Saxilby Road (A57)

Olympic Torch Relay FAQs – Lincoln

General

Where are the best places to see the torch relay on Wednesday 27th June?

The best places to view the Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay on Wednesday 27th June are: 

  • South Park Avenue
  • The junction of High Street and Dixon Street
  • Tritton Road
  • The pedestrian area of High Street
  • St Swithan’s Square (recommended for people with mobility problems or physical impairments)
  • The east green of Lincoln Cathedral (recommended for people with mobility problems or physical impairments)
  • Newport Arch

We recommend getting to your vantage point by around 4pm, or at least one hour before the relay starts, regardless of where you are on the route.

Where are the best places to see the torch relay on Thursday 28th June?

We would love to give a fond farewell to the Olympic Torch on Thursday 28th June, and hope people will once again line the streets to see it pass by.

We recommend either Castle Square at 7.50am, or alongside the West Common near the Grandstand at approximately 8.25am as the best places to get a good view of the Olympic Torch as it passes.

Are there any events along the torch route?

Lincoln city centre will be buzzing with activity on the day of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Follow the Light to the Festival of Light  A carnival atmosphere, colourful costumes and lively drumming will follow the Olympic Torch Relay on part of its journey through Lincoln.

Organised by Lincoln BIG and hosted by the University of Lincoln, the Follow the Light procession will travel behind the Torch from Tritton Road to the Brayford Waterfront, where the Festival of Light will be taking place from approximately 3pm.

With Itallian market stalls and on stage entertainment, the Festival of Light will celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay in the city centre, with a grand firework display finale at approximately 10pm.

Whether you choose to line the route, or head to the evening celebration, the Festival of Light will provide a lively and exciting end to the evening. More details will follow closer to the event.

Please keep checking this website for further information on what’s happening in Lincoln city centre for the Olympic Torch Relay.

Which roads are closed and when?

Road closures on Wednesday 27th June are likely to be in place from approximately 4.45pm till 7pm, however they will not all be in place at the same time.

On Thursday 28th June road closures will be in place from 7am till 8.40am – again these will not all be in place at the same time.

We endeavour to reopen the roads as soon as possible. We hope the majority will reopen within one hour of them closing.

Please see our road closures page for further details.

What time should I get to my spot to see the Torch?

The Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay will start on South Park Avenue at around 5.30pm. We recommend getting to your vantage point by around 4pm, or at least one hour before the relay starts, regardless of where you are on the route.

How long will I get to see the torch go past?

The Olympic Torch will be carried for around 300 metres by each of the Torchbearers, who will jog or walk at a pace to allow the crowds to see it. The Torch convoy will take approximately 10 minutes to pass by one spot.

Who is carrying the torch and when?

Eight thousand inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Torch on its journey around Britain, with each person carrying the Torch for around 300 metres.

Click here for a full list of Lincoln Torchbearers.

As host authority organising the Lincoln leg of the Olympic Torch Relay, the City of Lincoln City of Lincoln Council has chosen two special people to be Torchbearers.

Thirty-three year-old Nick Hope is a passionate volunteer who strongly believes in improving the lives of young people in his neighbourhood.  He will carry the Torch on its way through Lincoln on Wednesday 27th June.  Nick started volunteering when he took his children to football sessions, and is heavily involved in ‘Stand Up Speak Up’ with Lincoln City Football Club, which uses sport to bring young people of different nationalities together outside of school.

At 75 years-old, Dot Fraser is one of the older members of Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club, but regularly wins more medals and almost then any other club member and proudly holds every club record for sprinters over the age of 55 years-old. She travels all over the UK and far beyond to compete, along with five other ‘athletic veterens’ and will carry the Torch on its journey away from Lincoln on Thursday 28th June.

Can I go to see the Torch Relay and then go to the evening celebration at Yarborough Sports Ground?

No. Those attending the evening celebration must arrive at the venue before 5pm. The Lincoln Olympic Torch starts at approximately 5.30pm, so it will be impossible to attend both events.

Those attending the evening celebration will be able to watch the Olympic Torch Relay on a big screen in the venue.

Businesses:

Can I stay open if the torch goes past my business?

We encourage businesses to stay open during the Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay and get involved in the celebrations. Please see below for further guidance.

How will my staff travel home from work if the roads around my business are closed?

Road closures on Wednesday 27th June are likely to be in place from approximately 4:45pm till 7pm., however they will not all be in place at the same time.

On Thursday 28th June road closures will be in place from 7am till 8:40am – again these will not all be in place at the same time.

We endeavour to re-open the roads as soon as possible. We hope the majority will re-open within one hour of them closing.

Please see our road closures page for further details.

Am I going to have barriers next to my business?

Crowd control barriers will be used at various points along the routes, but we will endeavour not to locate these in front of your business access. An increase footfall through Lincoln may also lead to access restrictions for your business.

How do my staff get tickets for the evening celebration?

All 10,600 tickets for the evening celebration have now been allocated.

What is happening in the city centre on the day of the torch relay?

Lincoln city centre will be buzzing with activity on the day of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Please keep checking this website for further information on what’s happening in Lincoln city centre for the Olympic Torch Relay.

What time will the roads around my business re-open?

We endeavour to re-open the roads around your business as soon as possible.  We hope the majority will re-open within one hour of them closing.

Our staff want to get involved in some way – what can we do?

We would support your staff to line the Torch Relay Route or attend the Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration, with free tickets available at the Drill Hall on Thursday 10th May 2012.

What do I do if I want to hold an event alongside the torch relay?

Please get in contact with the our Events team at 01522 873503 or email events@lincoln.gov.uk and we would be happy to support your event idea.

I want to dress my business for the Olympic Torch Relay – what type of decorations can I use?

We appreciate your business welcoming the Torch with decorations. Please ensure any dressing does not include Olympic insignia for brand protection purposes.

For further advice on decorating your property for the Olympic Torch Relay, please get in contact with our Events team at 01522 873503 or email events@lincoln.gov.uk

What sort of street decorations will already be put up around my business?

Depending on the area, we have worked with Lincoln BIG to supply bunting and flags to ensure Lincoln is ready to welcome the Torch. This will make sure Lincoln looks bright and colourful for the celebrations.

Will my deliveries be affected by the Olympic Torch Relay?

Depending on the location of your business, deliveries may be affected. We would recommend scheduling deliveries on Wednesday 27th June before 4pm and any deliveries on Thursday 28th June after 9am.

Residents near to Yarborough Sports Ground:

I live next to the evening celebration site – can I get tickets?

Unfortunately all 10,600 tickets have now been allocated.

When will the roads open again?

We endeavour to reopen the roads as soon as possible. We hope all roads will be reopened before 7pm.

I live next to the evening celebration site – what disruption will there be?

Residents in the immediate area will have received a hand delivered letter the week before the event detailing when work will be taking place during build up and break down of the event. Overleaf is a map detailing times it will be in the local area.

Schools:

Are children allowed to go to the evening celebration?

Yes! The entertainment at the evening celebration is family-friendly, with some of the music aimed at a teen audience.

Please note: All children under the age of 12 years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

All attendees must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Which event should our children go to?

As the evening celebration is aimed at a teen audience, we are supplying 100 tickets to each secondary school, college and university within a six mile radius of Yarborough Sports Ground. Your school will be responsible for choosing who is given one of these tickets.

Children who are not allocated a ticket by the school will be able to apply for tickets as normal, through the Drill Hall box office from 10th May 2012. Details on how to apply will be available closer to the event.

Some local primary and secondary school children are invited to a picnic and activity morning on Thursday 28th June at Lincoln Castle.  Here, the children will be able to see the Olympic Torch enter the Castle grounds and stop for viewing and photos, before leaving on its journey towards Nottingham.

How will parents pick up children from school if my school is on the torch route?

We are working with Lincolnshire County Council School Services to ensure schools in Lincolnshire are disrupted as little as possible. Please contact your school for further information regarding taxis, buses and pick up arrangements.

Evening Celebration:

How do I get tickets for the evening celebration?

Unfortunately all 10,600 evening celebration tickets have now been allocated.

What do I do if I can’t get tickets?

If you don’t get tickets to the evening celebration, you can still be involved in the Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay. You can head to one of many recommended viewing points along the route to see the Torch pass by, or take part in the festivities in the city centre, details of which will be released closer to the event.

How many tickets can I get?

Due to capacity, tickets are limited to eight per household, but all 10,600 tickets have now been allocated.

Are children allowed to go to the evening celebration?

Yes! The entertainment at the evening celebration is family-friendly, with some of the music aimed at a teen audience.

Please note: All children under the age of 12 years-old must be accompanied by an adult.

All attendees must have a ticket, regardless of age.

What time do I have to be there?

Gates for the evening celebration open at 4pm, and all spectators must arrive by 5pm.

Can I bring a picnic?

Sorry, no. Due to the amount of people we expect at the evening celebration, we cannot allow picnics. Bag searches will be conducted to make sure visitors stick to this rule.

Click here for a full list of food and prices.

What will be available to eat at the evening celebration?

A variety of affordable, local food will be available to buy at the venue, including baked potatoes, hog roast, scones and ice cream.

Click here for a full list of food and prices.

Can I bring alcohol?

No. The Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration is a family-friendly event, and for security reasons we cannot allow alcohol into the venue. Bag searches will be conducted to make sure visitors stick to this rule.

What will be available to buy at the evening celebration?

A range of official London 2012 merchandise will be available to buy. A full price list will be provided on this website closer to the time.

How do I get to the evening celebration?

On the back of your ticket we have advertised a free park and walk facility at Sudbrooke Drive play area on Ermine East. This will be marshalled and will be open 3pm – 8:30pm.

I’m a Blue Badge holder – where should I park?

Disabled parking will be located at Yarborough Leisure Centre, turning off from Riseholme Road. Please declare your Blue Badge when obtaining your ticket from the Drill Hall and display your Blue Badge when you park.

I’m a wheelchair user – will there be a place for me?

An access viewing area will be designated for disabled visitors – this will be a raised platform with ramp and handrails. Do ensure you specify your access requirements when obtaining your tickets. There will also be a BSL interpreter and an induction loop on site.

How long will the celebration last?

Gates will open at 4pm. From 5pm a lively programme of entertainment, with music, dancing and interactive activities will take place. The arrival of the Olympic Torch at approximately 6.50pm will include the lighting of the cauldron. The event is due to finish at approximately 7.30pm.

Can I go to the Torch Relay and then come to the evening celebration?

No. Those attending the evening celebration must arrive at the venue before 5pm.  The Lincoln Olympic Torch starts at approximately 5.30pm, so it will be impossible to attend both events.

Those attending the evening celebration will be able to watch the Olympic Torch Relay on a big screen in the venue.

Is anything happening in the city after the evening celebration?

Yes! Lincoln City Centre will be buzzing with the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay and we recommend you head to the Brayford Waterfront area to enjoy the Festival of Light when the evening celebration finishes.

Organised by Lincoln BIG and hosted by the University of Lincoln, the Festival of Light will include Itallian market stalls, on stage entertainment and a grand firework display finale at approximately 10pm.