Road closures announced for St Barnabas Torchlight Procession

8th November 2023

Crowd holding flaming torches as part of the Torchlight Procession

St Barnabas Hospice’s adored, annual Torchlight Procession will take place in uphill Lincoln on Tuesday 21st November, with some road closures in place on the night.

Hundreds of individuals and families are expected to walk in the Procession in memory of their loved ones. The event will start at 7:30 pm from Clayton’s Sports Ground on Lee Road and the crowd will make its way towards Lincoln Cathedral via the Hospice Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road.

To ensure the safety of everyone involved, several road closures and ‘no waiting/no loading’ orders will be in place from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on the evening. Signage has been displayed to remind road users, and a full list of road closures is listed below.

Road closures and no waiting/no loading at any time orders will be in place on:

  • Nettleham Road – Longdales Road
  • A15 – Pottergate Junction
  • Lee Road – Wragby Road to Nettleham Road
  • Nettleham Road – Lee Road to Priory Gate
  • Priory gate – Nettleham Road to Wragby Road
  • Church Lane – Nettleham Road to Newport
  • Eastgate – Nettleham Road to Greetwell Gate
  • Newport – Bailgate to Rasen Lane
  • Bailgate
  • Castle Hill – Exchequer Gate
  • Minster Yard

The following roads will be reopened when the Safety Officer has been advised the Procession is cleared:

  • Lee Road
  • Nettleham Road (up to Church Lane junction)
  • Church Lane
  • Bailgate (up to Westgate junction)

Each year, as part of their Light Up a Life campaign St Barnabas asks the community to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one lost. These dedications and messages of love are added to the Hospice’s Tree of Life in front of the Cathedral, which is illuminated at the end of the Procession.

The Torchlight Procession is now in its 23rd year and is a very special evening for supporters across the county who travel to Lincoln to see their loved one’s light shine brightly.

Ness Wilson, Events and Innovation Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas Hospice, says: “Every year this is such a poignant event, it’s an opportunity to join together and remember loved ones lost. To hold our Torchlight Procession in historic uphill Lincoln is an absolute privilege, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on the night.

“With an event of this size, a certain amount of disruption is unavoidable, and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. We will endeavour to keep all closures to a minimum and re-open each road as soon as it is safe to do so.”

Advanced warning signs are due to be put out around 2 weeks before the event and all residents on the route will receive a letter giving them advance warning.

There is still time to register to walk the St Barnabas Torchlight Procession on 21st November. Please note due to crowd management, pre-registration and pre-order of lanterns and torches is required.

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Registrations will close on Sunday 19th November.

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