Tuesday, 5 June 2012

In Pictures: Special reception for 1948 Olympic Torchbearers

I was delighted to join fellow torchbearers, their friends and family at Lynnsport this afternoon to see the end of the 1948 Olympic Torch Trail and to recieve a medal and certificate from West Norfolk mayor Geoffrey Wareham for taking part. The 170-mile relay started on Saturday morning at Lynnsport and College of West Anglia pupil Tom Scott walked over the finish line at the King's Lynn leisure centre at 4pm - much to the delight of a small crowd which gathered to cheer him on.

I had carried the iconic torch from North Wootton to Castle Rising on Saturday morning but made sure I was updated on how it was getting on as some 170 other torchbearers on foot and cycle carried it through 80 town and villages around West Norfolk over the next four days. Olympian Paul Evans and Ray Harding, chief executive of West Norfolk council, started the 1948 Torch relay after leaving Lynnsport at 9.15am on Saturday before handing over to me in North Wootton.
After I handed it over in Castle Rising, the torch made its way to Dersingham, Ingoldisthorpe, Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton, Sedgeford and Docking before finishing the day in Burnham Market.

Picture by Matthew Usher

On Sunday the torch went through the Rudhams, the Massinghams, Marham and Boughton before finishing in Stoke Ferry. The torch was then carried through Methwold, Feltwell, Southery, Hilgay and Denver on Monday before arriving in Downham Market to lead the annual carnival parade through the town at 1pm and ended the day in Upwell.
Torchbearers left Upwell at 9.30am today and carried the torch through Elm, Terrington St John, the Walpoles, Clenchwarton and West Lynn before arriving back at Lynnsport at 4pm.
After the torch arrived at Lynnsport, there was a special reception for the 170 torchbearers at the King’s Lynn leisure centre where we received our medals and certificates before enjoying a display by Alison’s Street Dance Club, music from the Delta Pilots and a hog roast!

My shiny commemorative medal

My commemorative medal and "certificate of appreciation"

@Gary_McGuinness, who ran the penultimate leg from West to South Lynn , and me showing off our medals

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