Olympic fever grips Corby as it welcomes torch relay

Olympic torch relay Corby.
Olympic torch relay Corby.
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Thousands of people lined the streets of Corby to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay as it made its way through the town.

Schoolchildren cheered and waved flags and the drizzle didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

It arrived in Corby High Street and made its way along Cottingham Road, Elizabeth Street, Alexandra Road, into George Street and finally Westcott Way.

Niall Graham, 20, of The Lakes, Corby, who carried the torch along George Street, said: “It was absolutely amazing but it went too quickly.”

Niall, who has sight problems, is a Team GB goallball player who is expected to take part in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

He said: “The crowds were amazing and all my family and friends were there to cheer me on.”

Single mum Sue Miller, 61, of Corby, ran with the torch along Cottingham Road, Corby.

The teaching assistant at The Kingswood School, in the town, has also fostered more than 70 children and is a marathon runner. She said: “I felt a million dollars. It’s hard to put it into words.

“I had to fight hard to hold back the tears before I got off the bus to run because I love Corby so much and I was so proud to be a torchbearer.”

Jean and Dick Short of Middleton were among the crowds who gathered to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime spectacular.

Mrs Short said: “It was a fabulous event and the torch got a brilliant welcome in Corby.”

Cyril Sellars, chairman of the Friends of Coronation Park in Corby, was in Elizabeth Street with his wife Sheila to see the torch relay.

He said: “It was really exciting. I took my step ladders along so that I would get a good view. It was simply magic.”

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