Your guide to the Olympic Torch Relay route through Lincolnshire
The final countdown to the Olympic Torch Relay through Lincolnshire has begun.
The torch will arrive in Louth on Wednesday morning, after making its way from Grimsby, before travelling to to Mablethorpe and Skegness.
It then passes through Wainfleet All Saints, Wrangle, Boston, Sleaford (expected 3.37pm) and Bracebridge Heath (5.03pm) before staying overnight in Lincoln, culminating in an evening celebration at Yarborough Sport Centre in Lincoln.
On Thursday morning, it leaves Lincoln Cathedral, goes through the castle, where primary and secondary school children are invited to a picnic and activity morning, down Union Road and heads to Saxilby (arriving at about 8.39am) en route to Nottingham.
It will also call at Grantham at 3.42pm and Belton House.
The relay returns to Lincolnshire on July 3 and visits Burghley House in Stamford.
On July 4, runners will be carrying torches through Thurlby, Bourne, Spalding, Moulton, Whaplode, Holbeach and Long Sutton on the way to Norwich.
Our guide below includes everything you need to know about the torch route, where and when to see it and road closures.
Thousands of people are expected to line the route to cheer on the flame as it is carried through the county and we'll be providing live updates and an interactive map (see bottom of page).
Route through Lincoln on Wednesday, June 27...
Route through Lincoln on Thursday, June 28...
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED...
Q. Where are the best places to see the torch relay in Lincoln on Wednesday, June 27?
South Park Avenue (torch is estimated to arrive in the city at 5.28pm), junction of High Street and Dixon Street, Tritton Road, the pedestrian area of High Street, St Swithin's Square (recommended for people with mobility problems or physical impairments), the east green of Lincoln Cathedral (disabled-friendly) and Newport Arch.
It is recommend that people get to their vantage point by about 4pm, or at least an hour before the relay starts.
Q. Where are the best places to see the torch relay in Lincoln on Thursday, June 28th?
Castle Square at 7.50am, or alongside the West Common near the Grandstand at 8.25am.
Q. Which roads are closed and when?
Lincolnshire Police is warning motorists to expect delays in areas where the torch is passing through due to road closures, particularly on June 27, when the torch is in Lincoln for the evening celebration.
Anyone travelling by car who does not want to join the party needs to leave the city by 4pm. Rolling road closures to accommodate the relay will be in place in Lincoln from 4.45pm until 7pm.
On Thursday, June 28, roads will be closed from 7am to 8.40am, again on a rolling basis. Most roads should reopen within one hour of them closing.
More details on the road closures in Lincoln...
Q. How long will I get to see the torch go past?
The torch will be carried for about 300m 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 about 10 minutes to pass by one spot.
Q. 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 relay starts at about 5.30pm, so it will be impossible to attend both events. But those at the celebration will be able to watch the relay on a big screen at the venue. More than 10,000 free tickets for the evening celebration have already been allocated.
Q. Is my boss obliged to let me leave early to avoid the road closures or give me time off to watch the relay?
Employment solicitor Kelly Taylor, from Langleys Solicitors, said: "There's no legal requirement for workers to be able to leave early to beat the crowds. But you would think a reasonable employer would come up with some sort of arrangement to allow for that, like starting earlier or working extra on another day. A number of staff may want time off to see this once in a lifetime event, and employers will also have to address that issue."
Q. Will shops and businesses have to close?
Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln BIG, said: "The major High Street stores are planning to open late."
Crowd control barriers will be used at various points along the routes, but the council will endeavour not to locate these in front of business entrances. An increased footfall through Lincoln may lead to access restrictions for businesses. Deliveries may be affected so firms are advised to check the road closure times. In Lincoln, deliveries are recommended to be arranged for before 4pm on June 27 and after 9am on June 28.
Q. How will schools be affected?
Parents are advised to contact their child's school for further information about taxis, buses and pick up arrangements.
Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Lincolnshire
LINCOLN: Festival of Light
A carnival atmosphere, colourful costumes and lively drumming will follow the torch relay from Tritton Road to the Brayford Waterfront, where the Festival of Light begins at 3pm. Attractions include an Italian market, live entertainment and a grand firework display finale at 10pm.
More details on the Festival of Light in Lincoln...
LINCOLN: Torch party at Yarborough Sports Ground
Gates 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. There is also a fly-past by the Red Arrows. The event is due to finish at about 7.30pm.
More details on the Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration in Lincoln...
Louth will start the Olympic torch relay of Lincolnshire next Wednesday as it arrives from Grimsby at around 7.50am. There are five torchbearers who will carry the torch through Louth and two who will carry it through Legbourne.
More details on the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Louth...
In Mablethorpe, from 8.30am onwards, those awaiting the torch's arrival will be entertained by street theatre from Camel Explorers and Bobbies, Lobster a la Carte, Hot Dinners and Roo'd and Play Rangers will be on Central Beach to provide Olympic-inspired fun and free activities for all the family. The torch will arrive in Skegness at 11.58am and will be followed 100m behind by a carnival atmosphere in the form of the Follow the Light Parade.
More details on the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations along Lincolnshire's east coast...
Dozens of publicly nominated torchbearers will carry the iconic symbol of the Olympic-spirit through the streets of Wrangle and Boston on the Lincolnshire leg of its 70-day, 8,000 mile journey around the country.
More details on the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Boston...
The torch will be carried along Boston Road, Southgate and Northgate, in Sleaford, from 3.37pm which will be closed for the relay on June 27. This will be followed by a procession involving pupils from each of the town’s eight schools.
More details on the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Sleaford...
The torch is then scheduled to pass through Bracebridge Heath at 5.03pm. Afterwards, ArtsNK, the parish and district councils and residents will hold the On The Way Festival, which runs from 7pm to 9.30pm. It features a Woodland Walk with creative installations and performances between the War Memorial and the old St John’s cemetery. The Community Celebration includes displays by community groups, a climbing wall, skate park, dance and music performances and festival band The Brasshoppers.
LINCOLN CATHEDRAL AND CASTLE (Thursday, June 28)
At around 7.57am on Thursday, the Olympic Torch will leave Lincoln Cathedral, head through the historic castle grounds and down Yarborough Road, passing the newly refurbished Grandstand in Carholme Road on its way out of the city, towards Saxilby and then on to Nottingham.
A total of 8,000 inspirational people will carry the Olympic Torch as it journeys across the UK before arriving at the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.
The torchbearer scheme aims to recognise and reward people with a story of personal achievement or those who have contributed to their community.
View the official list of torchbearers in Lincolnshire...