Olympic Flame takes a trip on Cleethorpes Light Railway
Day 39 of the London 2012 Torch Relay saw the Olympic Flame take a trip on the Cleethorpes Light Railway, as it continued its journey around the British Isles.
Beginning the day in Sheffield, the Flame travelled over 77 miles through 16 communities – including Rotherham, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Grimsby – with 130 inspirational Torchbearers carrying it on its way to Cleethorpes.
The first Torchbearer of the day was 13-year-old Lucy Brunt, from Sheffield, who carried the Flame around the city’s Don Valley Stadium. Lucy was nominated for her courage and determination in dealing with her Down’s syndrome and the fantastic work she does with a disability sport project called Within Reach. Later, the Flame was carried into Magna Science and Adventure Centre by poet and storyteller Debjani Chatterjee, who was nominated for her extensive work with schools, community centres, libraries and in particular Sheffield Children’s Hospital. As the Flame made its way closer to the evening celebration, it took a trip on the Cleethorpes Light Railway, which was built as a tourist attraction in 1948 – the last time London hosted the Olympic Games. It was carried onboard by 56-year-old Mick Clorley, from Grimsby, who was nominated to be a Torchbearer because of his outstanding contribution to local sport and his work for charities since battling bowel cancer. The final Torchbearer of the day was 92-year-old Jack Andrew, from Wakefield, who lit the cauldron at the evening celebration, which was held at Meridian Park and featured rock band Tribe and dance duo Twist & Pulse.