May 11, 2012 3.01 pm This story is over 140 months old

Just 1,000 free tickets left for Lincoln Olympic torch party, as 9,000 booked already

Olympic excitement: Drill Hall booked more than 9,000 tickets in less than two days for the Olympic torch really party in Lincoln.

— Update on May 14: All the tickets have been booked

More than 7,600 tickets for the Lincoln Olympic torch relay party on June 27 have been booked in less than two days.

The Drill Hall now has only 2,400 free tickets left for the event, out of a total of 10,000 that became available on Thursday at 10am.

The first 1,000 tickets were booked by midday on May 10, with the next thousand by 3pm.

On Friday, Lincoln Drill Hall was busy getting bookings of more than 5,000 tickets at its box office, over the phone and online.

Kate Ellis from City Council, who heads up the events team organising the Lincoln Olympic Torch relay, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see such a great response from the public, who are showing a real appetite to get involved with London 2012 through the Olympic Torch Relay.

“To have just 2,400 free tickets left to the evening celebration after only two days is incredible!

“This echoes the positive response we’ve had as we’ve been going around the city talking to businesses and organisations – everyone is really up for it and wants to know how to get involved.

“We’re all looking forward to an excellent Olympic Torch relay and evening celebration. It’s going to be an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for everyone.”

As previously reported, the Olympic Torch party at Yarborough Sports Ground on June 27 will see a performance from rapper and grime artist Loick Essien.

There will also be a large-scale dance and gymnastic show commissioned by the Drill Hall, called One World.

A taster of the One World show was performed on Thursday on the High Street as a flashmob was organised to drump up interest in the tickets.