Free tickets on offer for Olympic Torch spectacular at Cleethorpes' Meridian Park
THERE are just ten days before the Olympic Flame starts its epic journey to North East Lincolnshire on its way to the London games – and now you have the chance to see it in all its glory.
Torchbearers will carry the Flame to Cleethorpes, where it will spend the night just one month before the start of the London Olympics on July 27.
As reported, Cleethorpes' Meridian Park Showground will host the Olympic Flame overnight on June 26 and a total of 8,000 tickets are available for free to watch its arrival and take part in an evening extravaganza.
From noon today, you can apply for free tickets for the event.
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A ballot system of allocating tickets will enable thousands of people in North East Lincolnshire to enjoy a variety of entertainment staged by Olympic organisers.
To enter the ballot, an online form must be completed.
Only one form can be completed per household, but each household can apply for up to six tickets.
After the tickets have been allocated, successful applicants will be contacted directly regarding ticket collection details.
North East Lincolnshire's library staff will help people through the online application process.
One of North East Lincolnshire's gold medal winners Diane Bell, who trained with Grimsby Judo Club in 1994, promoted the torch visit to Cleethorpes when she gave a talk at Cleethorpes' Discovery Centre.
She won gold at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and claimed all of the sport's major titles.
Diane is now a police community support officer in Immingham.
Among the entertainments residents can look forward to at the Cleethorpes event are street dance and music by local performers.
East Coast Elite Brass and Percussion Corps will play the fanfare and the Gyko Community Taiko Group will play after the Olympic Flame has arrived on stage.
Coca-Cola, one of the Games sponsors will showcase up-and-coming live music acts.
Lloyds TSB will sponsor acrobatic performances and Samsung, another sponsor, has organised dance performances.
The event opens at 4pm and is expected to conclude at 8.30pm.
Visitors will have the chance to have their photograph taken alongside the Olympic Flame.
Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last torchbearer of the day in North East Lincolnshire will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.
Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for health, wellbeing, tourism and leisure, said: "As demand is expected to be high for the evening celebration event, we felt the fairest way would be to allocate tickets using a ballot system, similar to how many tickets for the national Olympic sporting events have been organised."
He said: "It will be a wonderful opportunity to be at the heart of the celebrations in North East Lincolnshire, to continue the celebrations following the Torch's relay through Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes."
The Olympic Flame sets off from Land's End, Cornwall, on May 19 on its 8,000 mile journey around the UK, including visits to Immingham, Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Louth and Mablethorpe before arriving in the Olympic stadium on July 27.
Information about how to apply for tickets is available at www.nelincs.gov.uk/2012and beyond.
Or contact officers at any of North East Lincolnshire's ten libraries.