Lincoln will play a pivotal role in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games as one of the host cities of the Olympic Flame in its journey around the UK next year.
The Flame will arrive in Lincoln on 27th June 2012, exactly one month ahead of the opening ceremony in London.
The flame will be carried around the city, culminating in a spectacular evening celebration which it is hoped will attract around 5,000 local residents.
The free event, organised by the City of Lincoln Council, will give the local community an opportunity to celebrate the Olympic spirit through a range of sport and cultural activities.
The Flame will stay in Lincoln overnight before it leaves the city early on June 28th to continue on its journey.
Lincoln is one of 66 Evening Celebration locations across the UK confirmed today by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). As part of the events LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18th May 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of the 19th May 2012.
The Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27th July 2012. The torch will be used to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Councillor Ric Metcalfe, incoming Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Playing host to the Olympic Flame is surely one of the greatest sporting honours a city can have. The Olympics is built on three main values; excellence, friendship and respect. The Flame itself is a symbol of friendship and our aim is to use this opportunity to extend the hand of friendship across all of our communities.
“I’m sure seeing the Flame pass through the city will resonate with local people and will inspire many of them to take up sport and get involved in activities they may never have tried before.
“We will be working hard to ensure the evening celebration brings out all that is great about this city and we want there to be a real focus on the young people of Lincoln who will have the opportunity to be part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics forever.”
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “We are thrilled that the City of Lincoln Council has agreed to host the Olympic Flame on its journey right across the UK. The Olympic Flame will shine a light right across Lincoln, celebrating the culture and heritage of the area and showcasing the very best of the city.
“We have no doubt that the welcome the City of Lincoln Council will provide will demonstrate how the spirit of the Olympic Games is reaching out across the UK and excitement builds as the start of the 2012 Games draws closer.”