Olympic torch relay: Picture gallery

The start of the Olympic torch relay in Kettering at the junction of Pytchley Road and Bryant Road,  with torchbearer Elaine O' Sullivan.
The start of the Olympic torch relay in Kettering at the junction of Pytchley Road and Bryant Road, with torchbearer Elaine O' Sullivan.
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The Olympic torch has passed through Northampton, Wellingborough, Isham, Kettering, Geddington, Corby and Dingley and is now in Leicestershire.

Thousands of people have lined the county’s streets to cheer on the torch as it makes its historic journey.

The Telegraph is covering the historic event throughout the day and our reporters and photographers are out and about talking to excited crowds in the north of the county.

The torch arrived in Corby to the delight of thousands of people who were not put off by the bad weather and is now making its way to Dingley.

Among the crowds in Corby was Sue Portman, of Strathay Walk, who said: “It was very good, I thought they did well, there was a good atmosphere.”

Kerrin Tarr, 23, of Lincoln Way, Corby, said: “I’m glad I came out for it. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic flame”

Elizabeth Wilson, of Willowbrook Road, Corby, was there with her 11-year-old granddaughter Bethany.

She said: “I thought it was very good. I really enjoyed it, I loved the atmosphere. Everyone feels so happy.”

Among the crowds in Wellingborough, was Gemma Martin, 23, of Knox Road, Wellingborough, who said: “The atmosphere was great. Everyone got into the spirit of it and were cheering.”

Eddy Gray, 28, of Kimbolton Road, Higham Ferrers, said: “It was great. I was surprised to see the procession - I thought it would just be someone running with the torch. It’s good that it’s going through the county.”

Also in Wellingborough was Jon Limmage, 48 of The Hedges, Rushden, who said: “I think this has brought us on board with the Olympics. It’s good that it’s come here.”

Isham councillor Geoffrey Timms said: “This means a great deal to Isham and the country. I have been looking forward to seeing the Olympic Torch. I went to one event at the Olympics in London in 1948 and this brings back happy memories.”

His daughter Nina Watkins, of Wellingborough, said: “It’s a shame about the weather but I don’t think anyone is that bothered - it’s a great thrill.”

People have been lining the streets in Kettering waiting for the torch’s appearance at lunchtime since first thing this morning.

Carole McCallum, 53, of High Street, Broughton, has been awaiting the torch in Bowling Green Road, Kettering, since 8.30am.

She said: “I must be mad!”

Olympics fan Carole said she had set up camp so early in order to get a good view and to beat the crowds.

The torch procession will not be Carole’s only Olympics experience as she and family members have snapped up tickets for evennts at the Games.

She added: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

If you have seen the torch, send us your pictures by emailing nt.newsdesk@northantsnews.co.uk.

Olympic torch picture gallery