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Thursday, July 5, 2012
THE sound of cheers and whistles filled Great Yarmouth when the Olympic flame was paraded through yesterday.
Spectators lined Lawn Avenue to watch the beginning of the torch procession as it wound its way down from Yarmouth Stadium.
Whistles were blown as people waited patiently for the convoy to come into sight and many stood in the road hoping to catch the first glimpse of it.
Schoolchildren waved union flags and inflatable flames as they gathered in the town centre to be a part of the unforgettable day.
The torch was carried by Linda Sedgwick, Lee Aldred, Andrew Bunter, Daphne Hathaway, Laurence Casey, Rob Sanderson, Andrew Coe, Ellen Parfitt, Richard Brabben, Ali Napthine and Mark Spinks
Rob Sanderson, who carried the torch through the from Fuller’s Hill to the town hall, said: “It was amazing.
“I had to stop three times for the security to move crowds out of the way.
“I did it all on adrenaline.”
Rob, 24, from Cobholm, was nominated to run because of his work with the community first responders.
Lee Aldred, who ran from the town hall and over Haven Bridge, stopping to kiss his girlfriend, Terri Kemp, said: “I have had a brilliant day. The support has been unbelievable and I want to thank everyone who came out.”
Lee, who works at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, was nominated by Terri to carry the torch.
Joyce Percival and Doris Knell, from Wherry Way, had a front row seat to watch the torch go by.
Doris, 79, said she had taken lots of pictures of the convoy, which she planned to put on social networking site Facebook to share with her seven grandchildren.
She said: “It’s been a wonderful atmosphere, everybody’s out and everybody’s joined in and it’s lovely.”
Joyce, 88, added: “I thought it was absolutely fantastic, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”
Christina Bartlett watched the flame come through the market place with her children Jessica, 11, and Jack, four.
“We got up at 6am to make sure we were up in time. It’s a historic event and it’s exciting for the children. It’s important that they recognise it.”