More than ten percent of the population of Letchworth and Stevenage turned out on Sunday to see the Olympic torch relay despite the rain. It followed months of planning, organization and anticipation for more than 18,000 flag-waving people in the towns.
The Olympic flame is continuing to make its way around the country and on Sunday the torch made its way through the Norton Way in Letchworth and into Stevenage. Despite rain falling just before the flame was due to pass through the old town High Street in Old Stevenage, more than 8,000 lined the streets to see the torch relay.
Gobi Ranganathan, 36, carried the torch down the ancient High Street and along Sish Lane in Stevenage. The Paralympian is Britain's number one Men’s singles wheelchair badminton player and was sponsored by the Stevenage Community Trust for his sporting accolades, reports the Comet . He said:
It was out of this world, an unbelievable experience. I couldn’t get over how many people turned out for it, despite the weather. When I got off of the bus, I could just hear the crowds cheering. It was pretty much what I was expecting, but much much better.
On Tuesday the torch reached Windsor Castle where the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh welcomed the flame into their residence.
Meanwhile crowds filling the route along Henley-on-Thames were shocked to see a streaker running in front of the torch bearer with the words "Free Tibet" written on his back. The 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.