Lincoln road closures announced for St Barnabas Torchlight Procession

16th November 2022

Dozens of people walking with flaming torches through the Newport arch in Lincoln's historic Bailgate area

On Tuesday 22nd November, St Barnabas Hospice’s much-anticipated annual Torchlight Procession will take place in Lincoln’s uphill area, with some road closures in place on the night.

Hundreds of families are expected to walk in the annual Procession in memory of loved ones. The event will start at7:30pm from Clayton’s Sports Ground on Lee Road and the crowd will make its way towards Lincoln Cathedral via the newly reopened Hospice Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road.

To ensure the safety of those involved, several road closures and ‘no waiting/loading’ orders will be in place from 7 – 9pm. 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:

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
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, St Barnabas asks the community to dedicate a light in the name of a loved one lost and these dedications are added to the Hospice’s Tree of Life in front of the Cathedral. The 30-foot Tree will be lit at the end of the Procession, resulting in the stunning sight of thousands of lights on display.

Large Christmas tree with lights, surrounded by dozens of people at night time with Lincoln Castle gate wall in the backgroundThe Torchlight Procession is now in its 22nd 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.

Louise Cotton, Fundraising Officer at St Barnabas Hospice, says: “Every year this is such a poignant event, it’s a way to come together and remember those who we have lost and pay tribute. To hold our Torchlight Procession in historic uphill Lincoln is a privilege we are grateful for, and we look forward to welcoming everyone on the night.

“Unfortunately, with an event this size, a certain amount of disruption is unavoidable, and we would like to apologise 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.”

There is still time to register to walk the Procession on 22nd November, please note due to crowd management, pre-registration and pre-order of lanterns and torches is required. Please visit:

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