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Olympics thanks for torch relay volunteers

Boston's two youngest Olympic torchbearers, Katie Walmsley (13) and Billy Osbourne (21), have said thanks to volunteers who made their big day in Boston so special.

Olympic Torchbearers Katie and Billy with Boston Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton, Boston Borough Council leader Cllr Peter Bedford, leisure services portfolio holder Cllr Yvonne Gunter and some of the torch relay volunteers who were thanked for their efforts.

They handed a certificate of thanks from the London Olympic Games Organising Committee to Boston Mayor, Cllr Colin Brotherton, who accepted it on behalf of the volunteers who helped the torch relay smoothly through the borough in June.

The volunteers offered their services as marshalls, some with first-aid qualifications, to ensure both the massive crowd and the torch bearers had a great day.

Katie told them: "On behalf of all of the torchbearers, I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help on that big day.  Without your help the day would not have run so smoothly or been so successful.  For me personally, it was a day that I shall never forget and I hope that all the volunteers feel the same. So from all of the torchbearers - thank you."

The Mayor responded: "Thank you Katie. It is my pleasure to accept this certificate on behalf of Boston Borough Council and all the volunteers. The day the Olympic torch passed through Wrangle and Boston was such a great day for the borough. The event ran smoothly and it brought the community together who were proud to be involved and that is all thanks due to the organisers, volunteers and torch bearers who all represented Boston so well on the day. You all did such a grand job together, thank you all very much."  

The volunteers, from Boston Borough Council, Boston BID, the college, Endeavour Radio, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, Boston Mayflower, Boston's healthy walking groups, South Holland District Council, CL Dance and Samaritans helped man the torch convoy route through the borough and especially in Wrangle and Boston where torchbearers ran through the streets with the Olympic flame.