Plans for Lincoln Olympic summer feel

Plans for an Olympic-themed Lincoln In Bloom will be proposed in an attempt to give the city centre a truly Olympic feel next year.

The plans will see Lincoln’s streets decorated with enhanced floral displays, Olympic banners and street dressing throughout the summer of 2012.

Lincoln In Bloom is a Lincoln BIG project which tries to get businesses involved in making the city streets look a colourful and vibrant environment.

Businesses can sign up to purchase hanging baskets, floral cascades and displays, of which then there company name or logo is displayed on.

City Councillor Neil Murray said: “We’re delighted to be working closely with Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln to make our city a big part of next year’s Olympic celebrations.

“With the Flame passing through Lincoln, we’re a significant step on its journey towards lighting the cauldron in London, so we’ll be doing our best to make Lincoln look and feel bright and welcoming in celebration of the Olympic year.”

Lincoln’s 2012 expectations

Matt Corrigan, Lincoln BIG Chief Executive, said: “Next summer will be a particular important time for the city.

“We hope that, by then, economic conditions are starting to improve and, with the dualling of the A46 expected to be completed next spring, that Lincoln will be more accessible to more visitors than ever before.

The Olympics also coincide with the Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival which will be held August 2012.

Phil Hamlyn Williams, Cathedral Chief Executive, said: “The Flower Festival is one of the highlights in our calendar and, with farmers’ markets, street entertainment festivals and events all summer long, we really think that this is a great opportunity to put the city on the map”

Everyone who has participated in Lincoln In Bloom over the past few years, and businesses interested in becoming sponsors, are being invited to a summer drinks reception in the Cathedral Centre Garden on the evening of August 11, 2011.

Source: Lincoln BIG | Photo: Samantha Fisher for The Lincolnite