The Olympic Torch will travel through East Lindsey on Wednesday 27th June 2012, between approximately 7.45am and 2.00pm.
East Lindsey District Council are encouraging people to line the streets and get involved with the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels through the district.
Louth (7:48 am)
The Olympic Torch first arrives in Louth after travelling from Grimsby
07:45 Grimsby Road (B1520)
07:52 Bridge Street (B1520)
07:56 Upgate (B1520)
08:00 London Road (B1520)
Legbourne (8:07 am)
08:07 Station Road (A157)
Withern (8:28 am)
08:28 Witherton Way
08:31 Vyner Row (A157)
Maltby Le Marsh (8:44 am)
08:44 Beesby Road (A1104)
Mablethorpe (9:02 am)
09:02 Alford Road (A1104)
09:13 Victoria Road (A52)
09:17 The Boulevarde
09:18 Queen’s Park Car Park
09:39 The Boulevarde
09:40 Victoria Road (A52)
09:45 Seaholme Road (A52)
Trusthorpe (9:46 am)
09:46 Sutton Road (A52)
Sutton On Sea (10:00 am)
10:00 Sutton Road (A52)
10:14 Station Road (A52)
Mumby (10:33 am)
10:33 Station Road (A52)
Hogsthorpe (10:46 am)
10:46 High Street (A52)
10:50 South End (A52)
Ingoldmells (11:01 am)
11:01 Chapel Road (A52)
11:08 High Street (A52)
11:10 Skegness Road (A52)
11:23 Roman Bank (A52)
Winthorpe (11:33 am)
11:33 Roman Bank (A52)
Skegness (11:59 am)
11:53 Roman Bank (A52)
12:01 Castleton Boulevard (B1451)
12:05 North Parade
12:11 Tower Esplanade
13:15 Lumley Road (B1451)
13:18 Wainfleet Road (A52)
Wainfleet All Saints (1:37 pm)
13:37 Skegness Road
13:43 High Street (B1195)
13:47 Boston Road (B1195)
SO Festival 2012 and Olympic Torch Relay FAQs – East Lindsey
Please note decision around the Torch Relay have been made nationally.
When does SO Festival take place?
June 23 to July 1, 2012.
Who funds the festival?
East Lindsey District Council is the primary funder with Arts Council England, Centrica, Lincolnshire County Council, and Lincoln University, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Where can we find out more information?
Where are the events taking place?
The 2012 SO Festival is district-wide with events taking place in Louth, Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Skegness, Mablethorpe, Spilsby, Alford, Tattershall, Wragby and Skegness. The full programme of events can be viewed at www.sofestival.org. Please note events are still being announced. The Torch Relay is on June 27.
Where will the Torch visit?
The Olympic Torch will visit Louth (7.50am, Legbourne (8.12am), Withern (8.33am), Maltby Le Marsh (8.49am), Mablethorpe (9.07am), Trusthorpe (9.51am), Sutton on Sea (10.04am), Mumby (10.37am), Hogsthorpe (10.50am), Ingoldmells (11.06am), Winthorpe (11.38am), Skegness (11.58am) and Wainfleet All Saints (1.41pm) as it makes its way from Cleethorpes to Lincoln. NB – we don’t expect times to change but they may differ slightly on the day. The full route, including the roads it passes along and timings can be viewed on the London 2012 website – www.london2012.com/torch-relay
Will there be disruption to bin collections during the Torch Relay?
No, household, recycling and green waste collections will still take place on the planned day although the collection may be at a slightly different time.
What events are planned?
This year’s festival will build on the success of previous year’s and will again include local, national and international content. There will also be major outdoor spectaculars, community performances, street theatre, sport and the Olympic Torch Relay. Most events are free to the public audiences.
Where will the major outdoor spectaculars take place?
A major outdoor spectacular (evening events for large crowds) will take place in Skegness on June 29th and June 30th. On Friday 29th there will be a show called ‘Bicycle Ballet Mass Show’ which will be performed on North Parade Car Park, off North Parade at 6.30pm. North Parade will be closed for vehicle access. On Saturday June 30th there will be a show called ‘As the World Tipped’, which will be performed on Festival Car Park, off Tower Esplanade at 9.45pm. Tower Esplanade will be closed for vehicle access. On July 1st Garsington Opera will perform La Périchole live at their Wormsley Estate in Oxfordshire. This will be beamed live onto a very large outdoor video screen at Skegness’ Central Beach. There will be fireworks during the interval and again as the show concludes. This will begin at 7.45pm and end at around 10pm. Both shows are FREE.
Will any car parks be inaccessible during the Festival?
There will be no disruption to car parks in the majority of market towns during Festival week but there will be some car parks which are inaccessible in Louth and Skegness for certain periods from June 27 to July 1 due to the Torch Relay and other major events taking place. These will be signposted.
- The small town centre car park in Louth – by Natwest – will be closed on June Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June due to the Lionheart Project exhibition stand but there is alternative parking available in the town.
- On Torch Relay day Queen’s Park car park in Mablethorpe will be unavailable until the Torch has passed through the resort and the Embassy Car Park in Skegness will also be closed for operational and security reasons surrounding the Torch. The Embassy car park will reopen at around 3.30pm.
At other times during the festival car parks may be closed but diversions will be in place.
Will the signpost for diversions be better as it was very confusing in previous years?
Yes, we have a traffic management company handling this and will also reinforce this message to them about the need for clear directions for traffic.
Where are the best places to see the torch relay on Wednesday 27th June?
Skegness can host the greatest number of people with various events and activities taking place throughout the day, but the Torch also passes through 13 communities, including, Louth, Mablethorpe and Wainfleet. The full route, including the roads it passes along and timings can be viewed on the London 2012 website – www.london2012.com/torch-relay.
Which organisation chose the Route?
The London 2012 organising committee identified the route they’d like the Torch to take. It was then the District Council, County Council and Lincolnshire Police that had to make the necessary arrangements.
Which roads are closed and when?
Road closures will be in place around one hour before the Torch reaches each location and the road will re-open once the Police believe it is safe to do so.
Grand Parade (Pier to Clock Tower) in Skegness and Tower Esplanade will be closed from 7am on June 27 until around 3pm. No traffic can enter this area and be parked that day due to the lunchtime celebration. Please note car parking arrangements further on in this document.
What time should I get to my spot to see the Torch?
We’d suggest that once you’ve decided where you will be viewing the Torch to get there well in advance – at least an hour, longer if you’re planning to see the Torch in Skegness. This will give you time to find a suitable viewing spot.
How long will I get to see the Torch go past?
You will be able to see the Torch for around 10 minutes from any one spot whilst it is in Torchbearer mode. Torch Bearer mode will be in all the communities identified as being en route.
Will there be any road closures linked to festival events other than the Torch Relay?
Yes, but diversions will be in place and these closures will be primarily around Skegness seafront. If you’re travelling by car to Skegness between June 27 and July 1, please allow a little extra time.
Can I stay open if the Torch goes past my business?
Yes, you can.
Will my staff be able to arrive at the usual time?
The Olympic Torch will pass through 13 communities – it’s best to check the Torch Route online to ensure there is no conflict as there will be road closures in place along the Torch’s route.
How will my staff travel to/home from work if the roads around my business are closed?
Again, please check the route and plan around this as best you can. The roads will re-open once the Torch has passed through and the police feel it is safe to do so.
Am I going to have crowd control barriers outside my business?
If your business faces the street and is on the Torch’s route and you’re in an area where a lot of people are likely to come and view the Torch then there may be crowd control barriers on the pavement. These, however, we will try to position in a way which doesn’t affect trade or create a nuisance for you, but of course, public safety will be the number one priority at all times.
What time will the roads around my business reopen?
The Police and Highways will endeavour to reopen the roads around your business within one hour of them closing.
Our staff want to get involved in some way – what can we do?
The Olympic Torch Relay and SO Festival programme require a large number of volunteers to ensure they are successful. Recruitment is well underway but we’d welcome anyone who would like to be involved to contact us. Please email: email@example.com.
What do I do if I want to hold an event alongside the torch relay?
The Council’s events team are working with a number of community groups along the route who are organising events in celebration of the Torch’s visit. Many of these events can be viewed at www.eastlindseylive.org If you’d like to organise an event, please contact the team on 01507 613454/613613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my deliveries be affected by the Olympic Torch Relay?
It the Torch is passing your business when you’re due to receive a delivery then this may be held up. It is important you check the full Torch Route online and note the time it is due in your area.
My business in an area of Skegness when road closures are in place. Can I get may vehicles into the business?
On June 27 no vehicles will be allowed into the road closure in Skegness (Grand Parade and Tower Esplanade). If you have a business in this area we will come and talk to you regarding parking arrangements in advance of the day.
Where should we go to view the Torch?
Skegness. Please contact the Events Team on 01507 613454/613613 to let us know if you’re bringing school children so we are aware of the numbers to expect.
How will parents drop off children at school if my school is on the Torch Route?
We are working with Lincolnshire County Council to ensure schools in the Lincolnshire area are disrupted as little as possible. Please contact your school for further information egarding taxis, buses and pick up arrangements.
Have Schools in the District been Invited to join in the celebrations?
Yes, all schools have had a written invite to take part and join in the celebrations. We want people from across East Lindsey to create a great atmosphere by making as much noise as possible, whilst the Torch Travels through the District to create a real party atmosphere.
Who is carrying the Torch and when?
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.
Lunchtime celebration – Skegness
When the Torch comes into Skegness where exactly will it go?
The Torch will enter Skegness from Winthorpe and turn right at the traffic lights at the cross roads by the Ship Pub where it will head towards the Suncastle. At the Suncastle the Torch will turn right and head towards the Clock Tower. At the Clock Tower it will then turn left and head towards the beach. It will stop at the Embassy Theatre before re-appearing on the beach a short while later. On leaving Skegness, the Torch will go past the Clock Tower and down Lumley Road. At the one way system the Torch will head towards Wainfleet on the A52 and out of the resort.
Will there be a Torch Relay celebration?
Skegness will host a Torch Relay celebration organised by East Lindsey District Council as part of the East Lindsey Live! SO Festival programme. As well as a chance to see the Olympic Torch there will be a large number of other cultural and sporting events and activities including local school children taking part in Street Athletics, plus Street Theatre, a large Music Stage, Visual Art Exhibitions and a flypast (aircraft and flypast time not yet confirmed). All events will be free to the public – please look at www.sofestival.org for details.
Who selects the local band/musicians to take part in the SO Festival on the BBC Introducing Stage?
All bands/Musicians have been selected by the BBC.
Where can I get tickets to see some of the events in SO Festival 2012?
Most event are free and unticketed, however, for those that do require tickets, these can be bought from the Embassy Theatre Box Office of the The Embassy Centre Website. (www.embassytheatre.co.uk)
Where should I park?
As there will be road closures in place on Grand Parade, the Clock Tower and Tower Esplanade, it is important to arrive in Skegness by 10.30am on Torch day for access to Foreshore car parking. There are car parks around the resort – the Festival Car Park (main foreshore) can be accessed off Lumley Road and Drummond Road by following the temporary direction road signs.
The Embassy Theatre car park will not be accessible during the Torch’s visit. All other public car parks on the foreshore and in the town centre will be accessible and open as normal, although a local diversion may be in place.
How long will the lunchtime celebrations last in Skegness?
From 10am till 2.30 pm on Wednesday 27th June.
Will there be any added bus journeys for those who want to see an evening event and don’t live in the area?
Discussions are being made with bus companies at present , This was done 2 years ago and additional buses laid on were not well used.