Lord Coe’s Olympic torch will go on display

Lord Coe carrying his torch through Sheffield

Lord Coe carrying his torch through Sheffield

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The man behind delivering the London 2012 Games has donated his own Olympic torch to be displayed at Burghley House in Stamford.

Lord Sebastian Coe has donated the Olympic torch he carried through his home town of Sheffield as part of the Olympic flames’ relay around the UK, to Burghley House.

It will be displayed presented alongside the 1948 torch belonging to Elizabethan houses’ former owner, hurdler David Cecil, Lord Burghley.

Lord Coe said: “Stamford has such a huge place in the history of British Olympic sport, as the home of my predecessor at the British Olympic Association, Lord Burghley, who was not only an Olympic champion but someone who helped choreograph the 1948 games.

“I was very pleased to be able to donate my torch to the museum there which features some of the Olympic journey the country has been on.”

The British Olympic Association chairman visited Stamford two weeks ago to visit St Gilbert’s Primary School where he witnessed the launch of an Olympic legacy challenge, which is being run by sports charity Inspire+ and South Kesteven District Council. He also officially opened Stamford Endowed Schools’ new £6.1m sports centre and pool.

Lord Coe’s visit was his second to Stamford this year. In July, he was invited to Burghley House to witness the Olympic torch relay pass through.

Current house director Miranda Rock is a descendant of Lord Burghley, who won the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

Mrs Rock said: “We’re so grateful to Lord Coe for his very gracious gift which will add a special bit of sporting history to Burghley’s remarkable collection.

“It’s been a pleasure this year seeing so many visitors appreciating my grandfather’s sporting legacy thanks to the wonderful exhibits we were able to display as part of our Olympics exhibition, including the torch from the 1948 London Games.

“Welcoming the 2012 torch to Burghley in the summer was among our highlights of the year and we were so grateful that Lord Coe took time out of his busy schedule to share that special day with us. Now his gift of his own Olympic torch will mean visitors to the house next year will be able to see even more Olympic history in this very special place.”

For full details of 2013 opening times and prices visit www.burghley.co.uk or telephone 01780 752451.