BOSTON’S leg of the Olympic Torch Relay has been hailed as a ‘tremendous event’ by town dignitaries.
Boston Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton, welcomed the Olympic flame to the town yesterday afternoon when he met the relay at its first torchbearer’s section on the A16 Spilsby Road at Burton Corner.
Coun Brotherton said: “It was an honour to greet the Olympic convoy and the torchbearers and welcome them into Boston.
“It was a tremendous event, making the Olympics real for the many people there who will not attend the games in London.”
The Mayor then travelled to Lincoln as a guest of the evening Olympic torch celebrations at Yarborough Sports Ground.
Coun Yvonne Gunter, leisure services portfolio holder, added: “Boston sometimes seems a long way from where everything is happening in London, but today it was at the very centre of the Olympics 2012.
“It was wonderful to see the Olympic flame here in Boston, and for us to be the centre of attention and guardians for a short while of such a global phenomenon.
“It was such a great opportunity for so many people of all ages and from all walks of life to be able to associate with the Olympics with the flame passing by so close.
“The little ones will remember this event and tell their own grandchildren about it in years to come.
“It was a tremendous honour for those local people lucky enough to have been chosen to bear it along its way through this little corner of the country.
“We were all so proud and will be all over again when we see the flame, which was here for a brief spell, ignite the bigger flame to declare the Olympics in London open.”
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