Boston braced for Olympic Torch Relay

BOSTON is set to embrace the Olympic spirit with the Torch Relay due to pass through the town.

The Olympic flame will come through Wrangle and Boston tomorrow as part of its tour around Britain ahead of the London games.

The visit comes one month ahead of the opening ceremony, on July 27, and organisers are hoping crowds will line the streets to cheer the torch through.

Former Marine Steve Dawson, 51, is one of 11 people chosen to carry the flame through Boston.

Steve twice rowed across the Atlantic and the second time, when his team set a world record, he arrived back in the UK just as it was announced that London had won the right to host the Games.

Following the Atlantic crossing he met the Queen at a reception at St James’ Palace, where he also met former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and spoke about how exciting the Games would be.

He’s now delighted to be taking part in the relay and told The Standard: “It’s nice to be at home doing this. Everything I have ever done has been away from Boston.

“I hope it doesn’t rain, there should be a big crowd and hopefully the youngsters will get to come out of school to see it.

“This is a big event for the town – we will probably never see the Olympics here again in my lifetime, it’s a big thing for Boston.”

Steve was nominated along with his best friend Neil Kent, the popular Manx Grand Prix rider who died practising for the Isle of Man race last year.

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