Hundreds turn out for Alnwick’s Olympic Torch Relay

Emma Pringle runs along Bondgate Within with the Olympic Torch.
Emma Pringle runs along Bondgate Within with the Olympic Torch.
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CROWDS roared in Alnwick as the Olympic Torch Relay made its way through the town this evening.

Hundreds packed the streets to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the flame travelling through ahead of the London 2012 Games.

Children wave their flags as they wait for the Torch to pass by.

Children wave their flags as they wait for the Torch to pass by.

And the first torchbearer for the route, covering three legs, was Emma Pringle from Alnwick - a triplejumper - who ran with the iconic Torch from Alnwick Garden’s entrance on Denwick Lane, through the iconic Hotspur Tower and up to Clayport Street.

She passed it on to Stocksfield’s James Carroll, who came over from Korea, where he now lives, to take part in the event.

But 16-year-old Lewis Denny, also of Alnwick, had the biggest role of the day as he carried the Torch along the last leg of its journey today, down the Peth and into Alnwick Pastures, to light the Olympic Cauldron at the relay concert where 12,000 people were waiting.

Locals and visitors alike turned out to witness the event describing it as ‘fantastic’, ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant for the town’.

Promotions teams from the Olympic presenting partners - Samsung, Lloyds TSB and Coca-Cola - handed out freebies to crowds as they waited for the Torch to travel through and even the weather stayed fine.