The celebrations started when the torch arrived in Immingham on Tuesday, June 26, being welcomed by approximately 5,000 residents and school children. The town’s Oasis Academy put on a show to mark the occasion entertaining the crowds and greeting the flame before it made its way to Grimsby.
An estimated 40,000 spectators lined the streets in Grimsby and Cleethorpes cheering on the inspirational torch-bearers and enjoying the entertainment staged by the Olympic organising committee and the presenting partners – Lloyds TSB, Coca Cola and Samsung.
The flame was carried along Cleethorpes promenade and then by torch-bearer Mick Clorley on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway. War veteran Jack Andrew, aged 92, entered Meridian Park Showground at 6.50pm where he lit the Olympic cauldron in front of an 8,000-strong crowd.
Grimsby’s iconic Dock Tower took central stage at the beginning of the torch relay today (Wednesday, June 27) by being abseiled down the 61 metres tall maritime landmark at 6.15am.
Torch-bearers then enjoyed their moment to shine throughout the morning as they carried the Olympic flame through the streets of Grimsby before the convoy officially left the borough at approximately 7.30am via Louth Road.
Chris Shaw, leader of the council, said: “What a marvellous event for North East Lincolnshire. All the community gathered together for a once in a life time opportunity to show what is great about the area.
“The streets of North East Lincolnshire were packed and it shows that we can put on some really high profile events that the community can be proud of.
“We have had our moment to shine and the time that the Olympic torch came through Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be remembered for years to come.”
Mick Burnett, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “I think it’s been fantastic for the people of North East Lincolnshire and visitors. Due to the bad weather businesses have really struggled in the resort, but this has been a great pick-me-up.
“It was wonderfully organised and the successful event is testament to everyone who has been involved.”
The torch will continue its journey across the UK for 29 days before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 27 for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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