Spectator advice for those visiting the area to watch Olympic torch relay
As the Olympic Torch Relay makes it way across England to North East Lincolnshire, residents are being urged to choose where they would like to line the streets to watch the torchbearers carry the Olympic flame.
The Torch Relay continues to attract a lot of attention as it makes its journey around the UK and North East Lincolnshire Council is expecting the same level of support when it passes through Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
Signs have now been placed along the torch relay route in North East Lincolnshire and residents are also encouraged to visit www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/ to view the detailed route it will take through the borough. A summary of the route is detailed below:
The torch relay will travel through Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes on Tuesday, June 26, arriving in Immingham at 4.40pm. The flame is carried through Immingham, starting at the Calder Close junction in Habrough Road. It ends it journey in Immingham at the Trenchard Close junction in King’s Road, before it travels by convoy to Grimsby.
Torchbearers continue to carry the flame from Riby Square in Grimsby at approximately 5.40pm. It then travels through the town making its way to Cleethorpes along the promenade and ends it journey at the evening celebration event in Meridian Park Showground, entering the venue at 6.40pm.
On Wednesday, June 27, the torch will begin the day at Grimsby Dock Tower at 6.10am. It will then be carried through Grimsby and when its reaches Braeton Lane junction off Louth Road at approximately 7.25am, torchbearers will stop carrying the flame and the convoy of vehicles will make their way to Louth along Louth Road and Grimsby Road to continue the relay.
People who have been successful in securing tickets to the evening celebration event at Meridian Park Showground, Cleethorpes on Tuesday, June 26, have been notified. Doors open at 4pm and will start at 5pm. The event is expected to conclude at 8.30pm. People are reminded that entry into this event is strictly for ticket holders only.
Councillor Mick Burnett, deputy leader and portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “This is our moment to shine and we’re very excited to be welcoming the torch.
“We hope that we have a great turnout to support our inspirational torchbearers. Cleethorpes is the only town on the east coast with an evening celebration event and we are very much looking to showing off our fantastic resort and hope that the weather will be kind to us.
“The torch will be carried along the sea front and it will be full steam ahead when it travels to Meridian Park Showground by train on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.
“On Wednesday the torch will be abseiled down the Dock Tower and so we’ll be able to proudly display Europe’s food town on an international stage. The town’s iconic landmark will be playing a unique role in an event that will be fondly remembered for years to come."
The public now be able to access the Grimsby port estate on the morning of Wednesday, June 27, when the torch abseils down the dock tower. The access will be pedestrian only, and visitors will be directed into a fenced area along East Side Road.
The Olympic Torch Relay will be the largest ever joint policing operation for Yorkshire and the Humber and the aim is for everyone to enjoy the celebration safely without security measures adversely affecting their experience. Humberside Police assistant Chief Constable, Alan Leaver, said: “We do hope that people come along to see the Torch. For most of us it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We will do all we can to ensure that everybody is able to enjoy the experience peacefully and safely."
Public transport will be operating on both days. The council’s public car parks will be open and Pleasure Island will be opening its car park for ticket holders to the evening celebration event. For a list of public car parks in North East Lincolnshire visit http://isharemaps.nelincs.gov.uk/
For local Torch Relay updates follow North East Lincolnshire Council’s sports and art development team on Twitter @NELCSportsArts or follow Humberside Police on Twitter @humberbeat. Use the hashtags #HumbTorch or #NELtorchrelay as the Olympic Torch travels through the area.
For further information visist www.nelincs.gov.uk/2012andbeyond