The Olympic Flame left Norwich in style as abseilers, fireworks, schoolchildren, singers, rowers and canoeists gave the torch a special send off.

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Early risers lined Castle Meadow to watch the torch lit on top of Norwich Castle as abseilers descended down the side of the city landmark, trailing black, red, green, yellow and blue smoke - the colours of the Olympic rings - landed to a explosion of colour.

Crowns cheered as GB Paralympic swimmer Giles Long emerged from Castle Gardens carrying the flame and a few hundred metres later passed it onto Norwich fencer Connie Adam, who won a medal at the World Veteran Fencing Championships last year at the age of 83.

Meanwhile, schoolchildren, families and clergy had gathered at The Close and Norwich Cathedral to see the flame.

Pat Winter, 81, from Old Catton, who was with her friend Kath Adams, 82, and said: “We wanted to be a part of it and experience the atmosphere.”

Musicians started playing Soul Bossa Nova and polite applause and cheering could be heard as the next-in-line torchbearer, flanked by running security, entered St Ethleberts Gate.

Once at Pulls Ferry, the golden torch was lowered to a torchbearer on a boat. It was rowed across the river in a skiff, escorted by a flotilla of canoes and boats who followed the flame to Bishop Bridge. The Norwich Philharmonic Chorus welcomed the torch’s arrival with Rule Britannia and sung Jerusalem to bid it farewell. It went up Kett’s Hill, Plumstead Road and St Williams Way before it headed out of Norwich.

Linda Etheridge, from Kett’s Hill bakery, which was decked out with Union flags, said: “We will never see it again. We had an excellent view.”

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