BG Holds a Torch for the Olympics
28th June 2012
Thousands of people lined the streets as the Olympic flame made its way through Lincoln yesterday and this morning – but not many people knew where it stayed overnight.
In fact the flame was kept under high security on the campus of Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, where 200 staff and around 40 vehicles spent the night before setting off to Nottingham today (28th June).
Senior management at the university college heard last year that they had successfully bid to host the Olympic Torch relay team, but staff and students at BG weren’t told until yesterday.
Such was the security surrounding the overnight stay that no-one from the university college was told exactly where on campus the Olympic flame was kept.
“This is a real coup for BG and we were delighted to be chosen by LOCOG to accommodate the torch relay team during the Lincoln leg,” said Rob Jones, Director of BG Enterprise.
“We secured this booking last year but given the security surrounding the torch relay we were unable to inform staff and students until we were given the all-clear.
“A number of high-profile venues in the area put in bids to host the relay and it’s another feather in our cap in our 150thanniversary year that we were chosen as the host venue.”
Rob Jones, Director of BG Enterprise, holding the Olympic flame at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.
Stephen Deville, Head of Finance at BG, with members of the housekeeping team.
Notes to editors
- The Olympic flame is lit by the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia and after a short relay around Greece it is handed over to the new host city at the Panathinaiko stadium in Athens.
- The flame is then carried by relay around the host country until the last torchbearer lights the cauldron at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.
- The flame is extinguished at the closing ceremony on the final day of the games.
- The Olympic flame arrived in the UK on 18th May 2012 and travelled through Lincoln on 27th and 28th June 2012.
- During the 70-day relay the flame will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers. It will travel to within an hour of 95% of people in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.
- Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln was established in 1862 and celebrates its 150thanniversary in 2012.
- It is an independent higher education institution based in Lincoln and awarding its own degrees at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level.