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Picture gallery: How Aylsham celebrated the Olympic torch relay

PUBLISHED: 21:24 04 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:35 04 July 2012

The Olympic Torch relay passing through Aylsham. Sarah Goring, left handing over to Mark Harper.Photo: Steve Adams

The Olympic Torch relay passing through Aylsham. Sarah Goring, left handing over to Mark Harper.Photo: Steve Adams

Aylsham’s flame was carried by five torchbearers before heading to Norwich.

Across the town the same feelings were echoed - that it was a once in a life time event for the county.

The route ran from Millgate, Gashouse Hill, White Hart Street, Red Lion Street and on to Norwich Road, and finished near the Copeman Road junction.

From families to brownies, the route was covered in Union Jack flags, whistle blows and cheers.

Aaron Bettoney, Carl Meen, Mark Harper, Sarah Goring and Sasha Dyke took their turns carrying the flame.

Carl Meen ran the last leg of the torch relay before it left for Norwich.

After the run he said: “It was amazing, just the best feeling in my life.

“My friends say I’m chatty but now I am lost for words, just a brilliant experience.”

Mum and daughter Vanessa and Melissa Farrow from Aylsham said they felt like they were a part of history as they lined the flame’s route.

Melissa Farrow, 21, said: “This is such a memorable event and even though so much of the Olympics is in London, the flame coming here makes us feel a part of it.”

Vanessa added: “To be here and seeing the flame is amazing. We didn’t even apply for tickets but now we get to be a part of some of the action.”

Excitable seven-year-old Kiefer Barrett from Thorpe Market said he was “very excited” to see the flame.

As each police officer on motorbikes went past he was enjoying the high-fives.

He said: “I’ve got seven high-fives so far but I really want 10.”

Activities ran throughout the day, with tables and chairs in the market place for watching the torch.

Afterwards there was Roc-on-the-Rec, a free music concert on the Recreation Ground, with collection buckets for future events.

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