Picture gallery: Communities celebrate the Olympic Torch in Filby

PUBLISHED: 14:14 05 July 2012

Flags wave as the Olympic Torch Relay makes it's way through Filby. Picture: Denise Bradley

Flags wave as the Olympic Torch Relay makes it's way through Filby. Picture: Denise Bradley

Archant 2012

A carnival atmosphere was created as communities came together to celebrate the Olympic Torch passing through Filby.

Scores of families lined the streets of the Broadland village to watch the historic moment.

Flags waved, children cheered and whistles were blown as Betty Brown, Margaret O’Byrne and Ron Marsh carried the flame.

Tracy Bolch, 47, from Winterton, said: “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the children and hopefully they will remember this moment for the rest of their lives.

“I got goosebumps when it came through, it was lovely and really exciting.”

Ahead of the torch’s arrival, a buzz of excitement could be felt in the village as youngsters cheered “we want the torch”, police motorcyclists high-fived people in the crowd and stunt-cyclists and music kept everyone entertained.

Emma Howe, 40, from Fleggburgh, who was with six children from Rollesby Primary School, said: “It was definitely worth getting up early for, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

“The children came for a party atmosphere and they made plenty of noise.”

Torchbearer Ron Marsh, who was the last to carry the golden torch through Filby, said it was “absolutely brilliant”.

The 68-year-old from Quidenham still coaches sport at schools in the Attleborough despite having a hip replacement four years ago.

He is affectionately known as “coach Ron” by the young children and is due to have a second hip replacement operation.

Mr Marsh said: “It’s difficult to explain how you felt when you were sitting on the bus waiting to go but once you got out, it was absolutely amazing.

“Everyone was brilliant, the other torchbearers, the people running with you , and to hear the stories of other torchbearers makes you feel really proud of doing it yourself.”

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