Olympic Torch is ready for Mansfield

Michael Elliott, 74, of Sheffield and Sheng Hu, 43, of Qingdao, kiss torches on Doncaster Road, Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley S0204MC
Michael Elliott, 74, of Sheffield and Sheng Hu, 43, of Qingdao, kiss torches on Doncaster Road, Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley S0204MC

THERE is just one day to go until the historic arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay through our area.

Thousands of schoolchildren and familes will line the streets of Mansfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Ollerton, Boughton, Edwinstowe, Glapwell and Bolsover tomorrow and Friday to catch a glimpse of the flame as it is carried by the lucky chosen few.

Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton says the ‘once in a lifetime’ event will put the area on the map and has urged ‘everyone’ to come out and ‘witness this momentous occasion’.

“The Torch relay will shine a light on Mansfield giving communities in and around the area the opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the UK world the many things we have to offer,” he said.

The Torch comes to our area on day 41 and 42 of its journey across the country in the run up to next month’s London 2012 Olympics - see map for details of when and where to catch the flame in the Mansfield district.

It starts its journey in our area in Boughton at 10.05am tomorrow and will travel along Main Street and Tuxford Road and on Forest Road, Ollerton, from 10.17am.

Newark & Sherwood District Council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, Coun Roger Jackson, said: “Having the Olympic Torch Relay coming through our district means a great deal to everyone.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get close to the flame and I’m sure most people will relish the opportunity to embrace the Olympic spirit.”

The Torch’s two-day stay ends in Bolsover on Friday where excitement has been gathering pace since it found out the torch was passing through the district.

Said Bolsover district councillor Ann Syrett: “This is a momentous occasion and one that we want to celebrate properly and remember for the rest of our lives – after all it may never happen again.

“So we want to encourage as many people, young and old, to come and join us, line the route and join in our celebrations and activities at Bolsover Castle and make Friday 29th June 2012 a day to remember as the day when the Olympics came to Bolsover district.”

Carrying the Torch through Mansfield Woodhouse and Mansfield tomorrow will be:

Andrew Hayward (28), Hucknall

Claudette Thompson-Smith (46), Nottingham

Ella Smallwood, (12), Nottingham

Gareth Nicholls (41), Nottingham

Glenn Chambers (51), Nottingham

Graham Astill (68), Nottingham

Jack Burrows (14), Nottingham

Jenny Birch (66), Newark

John Mapeltoft (76), Grantham

Kane Hoy (13), Rainworth

Steve Grainger (46), Mansfield

Thomas Fuller (15), Rainworth

Tom Ross (22), Newark

Carrying the Torch through Boughton and Ollerton tomorrow will be:

Alison Padgett (17), Nottingham

CJ O’Hare (28), Nottingham

Devon Young (15), Grimsby

Jill Stidever (75), Leicester

Keeley Shaw (17), Worksop

Matt Pearce (20), Grimsby

Carrying theTorch through Edwinstowe tomorrow are:

Chris Sheppard (43), Blidworth

Debbie Foote (18), Grantham

Laura Graves (16), Grantham

Matt Chambers (41), Worksop

Nic Williams (33), Nottingham

Carrying the Torch through Glapwell on Friday will be :

Andrew Crump (30), Nottingham

Carying theTorch through Bolsover on Friday will be:

David Raizada (60), Chesterfield