20,000 people line the streets of Bourne for the Olympic torch

Torchbearer Richie Goodsell, who carried the Olympic torch through Bourne
Torchbearer Richie Goodsell, who carried the Olympic torch through Bourne
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ABOUT 20,000 people lined the streets of Bourne this morning (Wednesday) to see the Olympic torch pass through.

The torch, which made its way along South Road and into South Street, into Abbey Road and finally Spalding Road, hit the town just before 9am.

The first torchbearer was javelin thrower Goldie Sayers.

Former RAF officer Richie Goodsell, who runs circuit classes in Bourne, received the torch in Abbey Road from 12-year-old Olivia Warwood-Hart, who has relatives living in the town.

Hilary Field, who lives in Bourne, takes part in Richie’s circuit classes. She had a homemade Olympic torch and drew laughs and applause from the crowd when she ran down the road carrying it.

She said: “The atmosphere is absolutely incredible and it is lovely to see so many people here to enjoy it.

“The English summer certainly isn’t putting anyone off.”

Pupils at Bourne Abbey Primary Academy also lined the roads outside the school.

Before the torch arrived, headteacher Cherry Edwards said: “We have been counting down to the Olympic flame arriving since we came back to school in September and we are all so excited the day is finally here.”