The sun shone brightly as thousands of people packed into Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens to welcome the Olympic Torch.

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Noise filled the city centre park as 24-year-old Charlotte Peck, from Harleston, lit the cauldron on stage after her 600-metre run with the historic flame.

The arrival of the torch came after two hours of entertainment which saw the 16,000-strong crowd clap along to live music, marvel at daredevil stunts by acrobats and watch footage of the relay so far.

The Pulse, a Norwich City Council-commission stage show, kicked off and closed the sun-basked celebrations while families tucked into ice creams, youngsters played on the park and people took the opportunity to have their photo taken with an Olympic Torch, courtesy of the presenting partners Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB.

Miss Peck, who is a Community First Responder, said: “It was amazing. I couldn’t believe how many people there were. It was really nice lighting the cauldron and looked out and saw all these people.

“It was just lovely and it was lovely when I came into Chapelfield Gardens and saw my family. It was lovely to be part of it. Only 8,000 people got the opportunity so to be one of them is incredible.”

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