The Queen’s Sandringham Estate echoed with cheers when the Olympic flame passed through on its winding journey through West Norfolk.

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Thousands of people including dozens of excited school children gathered to watch as the torch travelled through the Norwich Gates towards the house, a private home to the Royal family for 150 years.

Paul Tudor, 58, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, was selected as a torchbearer for his dedication to squash at club, county and in recent years at international level for Wales over-55s.

On the steps in front of Sandringham House the flame was passed to Rachel Forrest, who carried her torch back out of the estate.

The 26-year-old, from King’s Lynn, is a dedicated rugby player and the only female referee in the Norfolk and Eastern Counties.

She said: “I’m so proud. I can’t think of anywhere better to do it. There are so many people I know and children I have coached here. The noise is amazing, it’s such a wonderful atmosphere.”

The torch then made its way to East and West Rudham.