Olympic Torch: Bearer delighted by support

Torchbearer Heather Graham in Langham
Torchbearer Heather Graham in Langham

THE Olympic torch has reached Rutland and been welcomed by thousands of people in Langham and Oakham.

People lined the streets to see it being carried through the village and then the town before heading off to Rutland Water, Uppingham and then Stamford.

Heather Graham, who was nominated for her role as a volunteer life saving instructor in Chapel St Leonards, received the torch in Langham from Nia Durant.

Heather said before setting off: “It’s a bit overwhelming to see so many people and I am feeling a bit nervous. It didn’t really hit me until this morning that this was really happening.

“Lots of my family and friends are here but it is lovely to get so much support from people here in Langham as well, especially the school children.”

All the pupils from Langham Primary School were out on the streets to watch the convoy pass, as well as thousands of villagers who lined the streets waving flags.

Assistant headteacher at Langham Primary School Suzanne Coughlan said: “We have spent the whole day celebrating the Olympics and the children made their own torches to bring down today. They are all so excited.”

After it had passed, Ollie Cheikh, who lives in Oakham and watched the relay with her 11-year-old daughter Zina, said: “I enjoyed seeing it. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and the atmosphere was fantastic.”