Thousands of people lined the streets of Richmond today to watch the Olympic Torch Relay making its way through the town.
Schoolchildren, residents and visitors thronged the route waving flags and blow-up Olympic torches as the Olympic entourage and torchbearers made their way through the town's streets.
Stacey Grisdale and her two young children walked into Richmond from Catterick to see the event. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, we couldn't miss it," she said.
The torch started its journey through Richmond on Reeth Road at 1.18 pm this afternoon continuing into the town and on into Richmond Castle, then out of the town along Darlington Road. Seven different torchbearers carried the torch through the town, one of them being local man John Hacking. The 57 year old from Tunstall was nominated as a torchbearer for his work with sport and his local community during his 35 years of teaching PE at Risedale Sports and Community College in Catterick Garrison.
“I am extremely proud, but very humble, to have been chosen from the thousands of people nominated to carry the torch - in recognition of my work with young people and sport in North Yorkshire,” he said. A total of 8,000 people have been nominated to carry the Olympic Flame as it journeys across the UK.
Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrived in the UK on 18 May before starting the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay to more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK. A very precise ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun's rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the ancient Games.
Photo: One of the seven torchbearers carries the torch along Queens Road, Richmond