A NUMBER of torchbearers were honoured to carry the iconic beacon as it made its way through towns in Lincolnshire this week.
Richard Lomas-Brown, who runs for Bourne Town Harriers, carried the flame through the village of Hogsthorpe on Wednesday.
Richard, 40, of Eastgate, who was nominated for his years of fundraising in the community and dedication to coaching at the club, said: “It was just amazing and I can’t believe the number of people who came out to support us.
“After I had carried the torch so many people wanted their picture taken with me. I actually felt famous. I felt like a local celebrity.”
Neil Wedge, 48, of Hawthorne Drive, Uppingham, ran with the torch in Lincolnshire coastal town Ingoldmells.
Neil, who was nominated for his fundraising work for his cricket club Uppingham Town Cricket Club, said: “It was a great honour and a real buzz to run with the torch.
“I was lucky to have run the leg in the town itself and crowds of people came out. There was a great atmosphere.
“My dad John came out to see me and decided he wanted to run along at the age of 74. Unfortunately he fell and I was unable to stop and help him up.
“I pointed out to others he was my dad though and they helped him.”
Other bearers from the area included Paralympic skiing hopeful Jade Etherington, 21, of Bourne, who carried the flame through Lincoln on Wednesday, while Robert Mohan, 21, of Bourne, ran through Sleaford.
Ian Sharkey, 69, also of Bourne, carried the flame through Boston on Wednesday, as did Bourne Deeping Hockey Club coach Sue Oakley, 52, from Langtoft. Andrew Mcpherson, 49, of Stamford, also ran with the flame through Winthorpe near Newark on Wednesday.
The torchbearers yet to run are Neil Gorman, 61, of Oakham, who will carry the flame through Nottingham today; Stephen Berridge, 43, of Uppingham and Alice Evans, 16, of Oakham, and former New College Stamford student Charly Sissons, 19, of Essendine, who will all carry the torch through Peterborough on Tuesday; while on Wednesday, Ges Roulstone, 56, of Bourne, will run through Holbeach, and Cassidy Little, 30, of Market Deeping, will carry it through Peterborough.