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Rain doesn't dampen Mansfield's Olympic spirits

Thousands of people lined the route of the Olympic Torch relay in Mansfield on 28 June, braving the torrential rain and thunder storms to witness the momentous event.

The Torch began its journey through the Mansfield District at 11.38am on Peafield Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, where large crowds stood to welcome the flame to Mansfield.

The Torch was then carried by inspirational torchbearers along Leeming Lane, where it had to be put back on the convoy for a short moment due to lightning overhead.

Steve Grainger, aged 46, from Berry Hill and Chief Executive of the Rugby Football Union, carried the flame into the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, where it was welcomed by the Executive Mayor, local dignitaries and school children from Forest Town Primary and Samuel Barlow Primary.

It was then whisked out of the leisure centre by Albert Woods OBE, heading towards the town centre which was packed by thousands of people eagerly waiting for their opportunity to see the Torch. Street performers kept the crowds entertained in the run up to its arrival.

After travelling along Radcliffe Gate and Chesterfield Road South, the Torch completed its journey through the Mansfield District shortly after 1.30pm.

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "What an absolutely tremendous day for Mansfield! It was amazing to see so many people lining the streets and gathered in Mansfield town centre to be part of history and witness the Olympic Flame passing through our District. The rain didn't dampen the celebrations and it just shows the resilience and strength of Mansfield's community.

"I'd like to thank all the staff at Mansfield District Council and our partners for all of their planning and hard work, which made this event a great success and one many will remember."

Mansfield District Council has commissioned a film celebrating the London 2012 games and is asking people to upload their pictures and videos from the day's event to its Facebook page www.facebook.com/mymansfielduk and the best shots and clips will be chosen to feature in the film.

Published 02 July 2012

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