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Flamin' 'eck! Torchtastic red-hot Boston welcome for our Olympians

It was like a Royal visit. Was The Queen coming in her diamond jubilee year?

No, the thousands who turned out at Wrangle and Boston were there to give the Olympic flame a rousing borough welcome.

Streets were lined deep with Wrangle well-wishers as the 14-vehicle Olympic Torch convoy wheeled into view, heralding the imminent arrival of the flame.

On its first day in Lincolnshire, and exactly a month before the flame is used to mark the opening of the Olympic Games in London, the torch entered Boston borough for a greeting from Mayor Cllr Colin Brotherton, Mayoress Kate Wainwright and the borough council's leisure services portfolio holder, Cllr Yvonne Gunter.

Excited children from Wrangle Primary School warmed up the torch relay which arrived via Grimsby, Louth, Legbourne, Withern, Maltby Le Marsh, Mablethorpe, Trusthorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, Mumby, Hogsthorpe, Ingoldmells, Winthorpe, Skegness and Wainfleet All Saints before the main event in Boston town centre.

A joint borough council and police operation to close roads, control crowds and clear the way for the torchbearers and the convoy swung into place early on Wednesday, the whole event running smoothly and without incident.

Local residents rubbed shoulders with Olympic Torch fans from as far away as Grimsby along Spilsby Road, Wide Bargate, Market Place, over the town bridge, into West Street, along Sleaford Road to the Boardsides where it left us for Sleaford and the evening celebrations in Lincoln.

The packed pavements in Boston, a sea of excited faces, colour, flags, balloons and the cacophony of whistles, hooters and even vuvuzelas generated an electric atmosphere of anticipation and then ecstatic delight when the flame came into view.

Cllr 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."

He then travelled to Lincoln as a guest of the evening Olympic torch celebrations at Yarborough Sports Ground.

Cllr 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."

Eleven runners carried the flame through the town and the first of the four home-grown Boston torchbearers was Stuart Davidson (54) who went from the corner of Spilsby Road and Freiston Road to Wide Bargate .

Stuart served with the Royal Air Force for 22 years, leaving in November 1998. On November 4, 2009 he weighed 21st 3lb. Today he is 14st 7lb and completes marathons to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The pride of the sections fell to Katie Walmsley (12) who carried the torch from Wide Bargate through the Market Place ending at the Town Bridge.  She will pause and look up at the balcony at the Assembly Katie was nominated by her mum who said she has always been very kind and caring to others. When she was ten she won an award from Rotary for her kindness to others. She helps at Sunday School and has helped to train the children there for their annual Sunday School Football Tournament.

She has helped her mum and others to organise various events for charities. Recently she biked 20 miles for Breast Cancer Research.

Steve Dawson (51) carried the torch in Sleaford Road from Woodville Road to Old Mill Court .

He is well-known for heroic long-distance record-breaking ocean rowing

After suffering with asthma through his teenage years he fought to join the Royal Marines to prove he was capable of beating the illness. He has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, first 3,000 miles east to west and then 2,500 miles west to east - the second time setting a new world record of 39 days.

Billy Osbourne (21) was the torchbearer  on Sleaford Road from Oldmill Court to Arundel Crescent.

Billy sets himself aside and works hard to support himself and his family. This positive attitude makes him a role model for other young people in his community. He is an influential mentor to young teams from his estate and relishes the opportunity when doing so.

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Katie Walmsley (12) carrying the Olympic torch through Market Place, Boston