Uppingham welcomes the Olympic torch

Sue Thomson and Sheila Hunt from manton get ready for the Olympic Torch in Uppingham
Sue Thomson and Sheila Hunt from manton get ready for the Olympic Torch in Uppingham
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A BAR manager from Oakham was the first person to run through Uppingham with the Olympic torch this afternoon (Tuesday).

Paul Neehuis, 28, who manages Calico Bar in Mill Street, ran the first stretch along Ayston Road and was cheered on by hundreds of people.

Paul Neehuis with his Olympic Torch following his run in Ayston Road, Uppingham

Paul Neehuis with his Olympic Torch following his run in Ayston Road, Uppingham

In true spirit he had the Olympic rings shaved and dyed on the side of his head.

In High Street East thousands of people were waiting for the torch to pass.

Sue Thomson and Sheila Hunt, from Manton, were among the crowd. They had brought camp chairs and were sitting in the rain waiting for the torch to pass through.

Sheila said: “We came to Uppingham especially. It is a last-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us and we are great royalists and British supporters.”

Uppingham Town Council handed out free balloons to children as they stood and waited with their families.

Afterwards Ronnie Hengeveld, of Johnson Road, Uppingham, said: “I thought it was brilliant. It was such a big turn out and everybody was waving their flags. We had a very good view.”