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Preparations for Lincoln’s big Olympic day

Organising parties of the Lincoln Olympic Torch Relay at a press briefing on Monday morning

More than 400 police officers and 200 stewards will be making sure the Lincoln Olympic Torch relay and celebrations go smoothly on Wednesday, June 27.

The Olympic Torch will arrive in Lincoln at 5.30pm on Wednesday and large crowds are expected to turn up to see the relay, as well as at celebrations at Yarborough Sports Ground and on the Brayford.

City of Lincoln Council Leader Ric Metcalfe said: “This is part of a world event, taking place in this country, and here we are in Lincoln, being able to feel involved in this event.”

Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister explained some staff had to cancel their holidays or return from their annual leave in order to prepare for the event.

“Around 400 members of staff, including police officers, community support officers, special constables—all will be involved in helping people have a fantastic day,” he said.

The force is advising those who do not wish to take part in the celebrations to speak with their employers to leave the city by 4pm on Wednesday, due to the road closures involving the relay.

Everything you need to know about the Lincoln Olympic Torch relay, including route maps, events you can join and road closures.