Olympics fever hits Norwich as torch relay arrives

Olympics fever hit Norwich yesterday as the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay parked up on Chapelfield Plain.

People had their photographs taken with the torch and other historical torches, learned about the history of the Relay and were advised by Lloyds TSB representatives on how they can nominate someone who has made a difference in their local community to carry the Olympic Flame.

The bank is an official sponsor partner of London 2012 and is taking the torch on a tour of the UK this summer, as part of a search for people to carry the Olympic Flame.

The 70-day celebration started at Land's End on May 19 and is travelling thousands of miles to bring the spirit of the London 2012 Games to communities around the UK before finishing at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27.

The Torch Tour was on Chapelfield Plain all day yesterday, where Olympic shooting hopeful and Lloyds TSB Local Hero Eddie Graver, from Beccles, also made his nomination and encouraged others to do the same.


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The 17-year-old pistol shooting star said: 'The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay will be an amazing experience – having the chance to carry the Olympic Flame is the nearest most people will get to being directly involved in the Games.

'Lloyds TSB is providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to be involved in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay through nominating those who've made a difference in their local community and who inspire others.

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'I've nominated my dad, Andy Graver, for all the support he has given me over the years, taking me from competition to competition, all over the country in my dream to become an Olympic athlete.

'I urge everyone else to nominate someone who's made a difference as well.'

Lloyds TSB will recognise hundreds of people who have made a difference in their community or inspired others by making them an Olympic torchbearer.

People made video nominations at the event on Chapelfield Plain yesterday via the bespoke London cab-cam. Nominations can also be made online at www.lloydstsb.com/carrytheflame until September 12.

If you had your photo taken at the stand yesterday, go to www.facebook.com/lloydstsblondon2012 to search for your picture.

Are you organising an event related to the London 2012 Olympics? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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