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Video: Cheering reception for Olympic Torch along Oundle Road

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Locals including Olympic medal winner John Peake carried the Olympic Torch in front of cheering crowds and flying flags along Oundle Road, Peterborough on Tuesday.

Bearers, John Peake, Charlotte Sissens, Nicholas Haste and Michael Russell were flanked by runners and police as they carried out their leg of the relay as it headed up from Orton Mere train station along Oundle Road toward the city centre.

John Peake was a hockey player for Great Britain in the 1948 Summer Olympics, where the team won silver.

Charlotte (19), from Stamford, Nicholas (24), John (87), Michael (77), who are all from Peterborough, were part of a long procession which also included buses of dancers.

The street was lined with hundreds of people who had turned out braving the rain with their Union flags and umbrellas.

Stephen Briggs, who was watching the procession from the street, said: “It was fantastic.

“I didn’t expect so many people to be there.

“The street was absolutely packed and everyone was cheering and blowing whistles and waving flags. Even though the weather is miserable everyone was enjoying themselves.

“People were looking out of the windows of the pubs and flats with their own homemade torches. It was really good.”

Paul and Angela Swiffen, of Windsor Road, Yaxley, lined up near to the junction of Oundle Road and London Road.

Paul (58), who is Peterborough born and bred, said: “We are not going to get it here in our lifetime again, that’s why we thought we’d come out and see it.

“I think it’s an honour to have it come through our city.”

Angela added: “It’s a shame about the weather but I don’t think it will dampen people’s spirits.”

Looking typically patriotic waving her Union Jack flag and with her Union Jack umbrella was 72-year-old Bobbie Glover, of Riverside Mead, Peterborough.

She said: “We will never see the like again. The older generation won’t be here to enjoy it again. It’s history. It’s wonderful it’s coming to Peterborough.

“We thought we would have a good view of it at the junction at London Road because we think it’ll slow down for the lights.”

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